Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Visit the Law School

Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Visit the Law School
University of Chicago News Office
January 26, 2011

The University of Chicago Law School will host U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a conversation with law students on Jan. 31.

The visit will give law students a valuable opportunity to hear from the distinguished jurist, and to ask questions about her service on the nation’s highest court. Justice Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2009.

"We are greatly honored to have Justice Sotomayor visit our Law School,” said Law School Dean Michael Schill.  "Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to many of our faculty and students.  We all can learn much from her."

A native of the Bronx in New York City, Justice Sotomayor is the Supreme Court’s 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice, and the third female justice. Prior to her appointment, she served for 11 years on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She replaced Justice David Souter on the bench as the only current Justice with trial judge experience.

The program will start with an hour-long conversation between Justice Sotomayor and David Strauss, the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law, followed by another hour of Q&A with law students. After the event, Justice Sotomayor will attend a lunch with Law School faculty and teach a criminal law class.

“Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration, not just to lawyers but to everyone,” says Strauss. “She has had a remarkable and distinguished legal career as a prosecutor, a lawyer in private practice, and a judge at every level of the