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Campus Enjoys Inspiring and Insightful Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to students, faculty, staff, and members of the public on March 12, 2015.

Davidson College today welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to campus for a Q&A-style conversation with Davidson College President Carol Quillen in the Baker Sports Complex. This is the first time Davidson College has hosted a U.S. Supreme Court Justice on campus; nearly 1,800 attendees from the campus community and public attended the event. The Q&A event covered topics ranging from life on the Supreme Court, the history of the Constitution, social justice and Sotomayor’s own career.

“It’s a privilege for us to welcome Justice Sotomayor to Davidson,” said President Carol Quillen. “Her passion and conviction for social justice and civic engagement embody our core mission of leadership and service, and we as a community learned so much from her—about integrity, empathy, ingenuity and character. What a truly great day for Davidson.”

“By virtue of her office—and her personal story—she brings a ‘wow’ factor that has energized the entire campus to an unusual degree. Those of us whose teaching, research and studies concern the law may be particularly excited; Justice Sotomayor’s visit has brought our theoretical interests to life,” said John Wertheimer, Professor of History.

Sotomayor was nominated as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by U.S. President Barack Obama in May 2009, and she assumed the role in August of that year. She is the first justice of Hispanic heritage and the author of My Beloved World, a memoir chronicling her journey from a housing project in the Bronx to her service as a federal judge in New York and ultimately as a Supreme Court Justice.

Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and in private practice. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and from 1998 to 2009 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is the first Latina and the third woman to be appointed to this position.

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