Molly Martin (1977-78)

Four women in formal dresses smile towards the camera in a candid, outdoor wedding photo.

When Kirbie Knutson and I began clerking for Justice Abrahamson in September 1977, she was not only the newest member of the court, but also — since hers was the only chambers with a magnetic card typewriter — the most technologically advanced. I point this out to dazzle Peter Chen, whose recollections of Shirley’s “ruthless” commitment to ever more research, analysis, revision, and re-editing we all can relate to and love. Just imagine “ruthless” before computers, Peter! (Spoiler alert: She made it work.) I am not surprised that so many of Shirley’s clerks have written to describe, with fondness and […]