The U.S. Supreme Court bar, as vaunted as it is, exists more in the imagination than in reality. It has no annual meetings or dues, and has but one visible, melancholy function—to honor the memory of deceased justices.

The bar has done just that since 1822, and it will do it again at 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 4 when it convenes in the court’s upper great hall to commemorate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died eight months ago.

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