KU News Release

Jan. 28, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to visit law students at KU

Sonia Sotomayor

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LAWRENCE — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit the University of Kansas today.

Sotomayor will hold a forum with students from KU’s School of Law and Washburn University’s School of Law, as well as a few KU undergraduates and students from area high schools. The event is closed to the public and the media.

Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009. She took her seat Aug. 8, 2009, becoming the first Hispanic justice and third female on the court.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., Sotomayor earned a bachelor’s in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a law degree from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Sotomayor served as assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984 to 1992.

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992 to 1998. She was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009.

Other Supreme Court justices to visit KU in recent years have included John Roberts, Sandra Day O’Connor, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Byron White.

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