Cecilia “Cissy” Marshall, widow of Thurgood Marshall, dies at 94

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Cissy Marshall, joined by considered one of her sons, attends the opinion announcement in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Motion in 2014. (Artwork Lien)

Cecilia “Cissy” Suyat Marshall, the widow of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the primary Black justice to serve on the Supreme Courtroom, died on Tuesday in Falls Church, Virginia, the court docket introduced. She was 94.

Cissy Marshall was born in Hawaii. After World Warfare II, she moved to New York Metropolis, the place she took lessons in stenography. In 1948, she went to work for the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Folks. On the NAACP, she met her future husband, a civil rights lawyer, who received 29 of the 32 civil rights circumstances he argued earlier than the Supreme Courtroom. Cissy Marshall assisted Thurgood Marshall, whom she married in 1955, on Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark resolution prohibiting racial segregation in public faculties.

Thurgood Marshall was named to the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1961 and the Supreme Courtroom in 1967, spending two years in between these posts because the U.S. solicitor common. He retired from the Supreme Courtroom in 1991 and died two years later.

In an announcement launched on Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts remembered Cissy Marshall as a “vibrant, engaged member” of the court docket group who usually attended oral arguments and different occasions on the court docket. In his “view from the courtroom” for the 2018 oral argument in Trump v. Hawaii, SCOTUSblog contributor Mark Walsh famous that Cissy Marshall was seated subsequent to Don McGahn, President Donald Trump’s White Home counsel — however neither of them appear to acknowledge the opposite.

Justice Elena Kagan, who clerked for Thurgood Marshall, additionally remembered Cissy Marshall on Tuesday, describing her as a “marvelous lady.” “The group of TM clerks will immediately really feel a fantastic loss.”

This text was originally published at Howe on the Court.