Copyright (c) 1996 North Dakota Law Review
North Dakota Law Review
JUSTICE BERYL J. LEVINE: TRIBUTE: JUSTICE BERYL JOYCE LEVINE: BEHIND THE SCENES
72 N.D. L. Rev. 1049
David K. Levine
On January 2, 1996, Justice Levine formally announced her resignation from the North Dakota Supreme Court. In so doing, she told Governor Edward T. Schafer that "not a day has passed without my being reminded somehow that my mere presence on the court, without more, has served as an important symbol not only for girls and women but for all North Dakotans who believe our state provides opportunities beyond those shaped by traditional expectations." 1 Her comments to Governor Schafer epitomize the humble attitude she demonstrated throughout her tenure on the bench, and they also exemplify the energy, devotion, insight, and commitment she brought to the judiciary for eleven years. No doubt those who have had the privilege of working with, and in front of her have witnessed these qualities firsthand.
Justice Levine blazed new paths, not only for women who would follow her, but also for the men whom she would educate and who had yet to contemplate the notion that life is truly comprised of far more than traditional, and outdated, expectations. Perhaps for many, she serves as an inspiration and a special role model. For this writer, there is no question that she has taught me, indeed inspired me, to recognize that the world will be a better place when each of us recognizes that life is comprised of more than a one dimensional (i.e., male) perspective. It is with that thought in mind that I accept with great pride and honor the ...
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