3/12/2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits University of Washington School of Law

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with law students during her visit to the University of Washington School of Law
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with law students during her visit to the University of Washington School of Law

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor visited UW Law Monday and met with students, faculty, staff and guests to answer questions about her life, the legal profession and public service.

“We are extremely honored to have had the chance to welcome Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the University of Washington School of Law,” said Dean Kellye Testy. “Having worked as a prosecutor, a federal judge, an appellate judge, as well as in private practice before her appointment to the Court, she was able to share unparalleled insights with members of our community about life as a lawyer and a jurist.”

Sotomayor, who is the third woman and first Latina to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke about the importance of diversity in legal education as well as the need to teach students at a young age to be active citizens and agents of change.

“Justice Sotomayor’s visit was a privilege and inspiration,” said Professor Lisa Manheim. “We feel so fortunate to have benefited from her candor and generosity of spirit as she discussed a wide range of topics, including public education, overcoming adversity and the role of service in the legal profession.”

Prior to her appearance at the law school, Justice Sotomayor spoke at the Husky Union Building to a crowd of 1,200 students, mostly undergraduates, as part of a book tour for “My Beloved World,” her 2010 autobiography that chronicles her journey from the South Bronx through her diverse legal career to her appointment to the Supreme Court. She also spoke at a Seattle Town Hall event later in the evening.

“We couldn’t ask for a better example of someone who is leader for the global common good,” said Dean Testy. “Justice Sotomayor’s historic visit and lifelong commitment to public service will offer inspiration to UW Law for years to come.”