Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to visit Pace Law School

Pace Law School is honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. During her day-long visit, Justice Sotomayor’s primary focus will be on the students. She will be joined by several of her former Pace Law externs– now distinguished alumni– to answer questions from current students about legal practice, the Supreme Court, judging, and more. She will also hold small group meetings with current Federal Judicial Honors Program students and members of the Latin American Law Students Association.

Pace Law School has enjoyed a long relationship with Justice Sotomayor. While a United States Circuit Judge, she participated in the Federal Judicial Honors Program at Pace Law School from 1999 to 2009. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the Commencement address. This will mark her first return to our campus since she became an Associate of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice Sotomayor serves as “a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity.” These words, first read when she received her honorary degree from Pace Law School, were quoted in the official statement issued by the White House when announcing her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Justice Sotomayor is the first Latina to sit on the Supreme Court. Raised in The Bronx, she graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. During her career, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and as an associate and then a partner at Pavia & Harcourt, where she focused on international commercial law. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. In 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed her to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Justice Sotomayor’s trip marks the culmination of a year of inspiring visits to Pace Law School by distinguished judges. These include:

– Hon. Harold Baer, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
– Hon. Helen Freedman, N.Y.S. Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division
– Hon. Myron H. Thompson, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
– Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
– Hon. Andrew L. Carter, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York

Attendance at events on the day of Justice Sotomayor’s visit will be by invitation only. Questions should be directed to Jessica Dubuss, Development and Alumni Relations (, 914-422-4079).

Press inquiries should be directed to Joan Gaylord, Manager of Media Relations (, 914-422-4389).

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