Supreme Court Siblings
I have a question about a stylistic convention in Supreme Court opinions. Back when all of the Justices were male, some of them would refer to each other as “Brother.” “My Brother Black,” “My Brother Frankfurter,” etc. After Justice O’Connor joined the Court, though, this usage disappeared.
Why didn’t the usage become broader instead? In other words, why couldn’t they say “My Sister Ginsburg” or “My Sister Kagan” as well as “My Brother Kennedy?” I am not sure there is a gender neutral term for “Brethren,” but they could have stopped using that while retaining the individual terms.