From a 2011 interview by Bryan A. Garner for The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing:
Scribes: How did you originally cultivate your skills as a writer?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I attribute my caring about writing to two
teachers I had, not in law school but as an undergraduate at
Cornell. One was a teacher of European literature. His name was
Vladimir Nabokov. He was a man in love with the sound of words. He
taught me the importance of choosing the right word and presenting
it in the right word order. He changed the way I read, the way I
write. He was an enormous influence. And I had a kind and caring
professor, Robert E. Cushman, for constitutional law. I worked for
him as a research assistant. In his gentle way, he suggested that
my writing was a bit elaborate. I learned to cut out unnecessary
adjectives and to make my compositions as spare as I could. To
this day, I can hear some of the things Nabokov said. Bleak
House was one of the books we read in his course. He read aloud
the opening pages at our first lecture on the book — describing
the location of the chancery court surrounded by pervasive fog.
Those pages paint a picture in words.
Scribes: Did Nabokov live to see you become a judge?
Scribes: Did you stay in touch with him after you left Cornell?
RBG: Not after he wrote Lolita, a huge success, and went off to
Switzerland to catch butterflies.