U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor provided a glimpse into the workings of the nation's highest court during a lively question-and-answer session with law students at the University of New Mexico School of Law on Sept. 8.
Professors Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Eileen Gauna (`85) moderated the afternoon discussion, during which Justice Sotomayor answered questions posed by UNM law students that touched on her developing judicial philosophy and the role of the high court. She shared personal anecdotes and encouraged the students to strive for greatness in their legal careers.
At the conclusion of the closed session, Student Bar Association President David Odegard, along with other SBA officers, presented Justice Sotomayor with a handmade vase from Jemez Pueblo. The vase was presented on behalf of the entire student body to commemorate the justice's visit.
Prior to her law-school appearance, Justice Sotomayor enjoyed a luncheon with students from the Tribal Law Journal and Indian law faculty at University House. She shared her personal background and then graciously answered questions posed by TLJ members, providing encouragement to the students.
Immediately following lunch, the justice met with Native American Community Academy (NACA) high school juniors and seniors at a reception hosted by the TLJ. NACA students attend classes next door to the law school in the building that previously housed the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
September 12, 2011