Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits Capital Region

April 03, 2017 11:41 PM

ALBANY - Speaking before a packed audience of students, professors and other judges at albany law school, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor touched on a variety of topics including how difficult a job serving on the Supreme Court, truly is.

"You get tortured by those cases for which there is little precedent and those cases can keep you up at night," Sotomayor said.  

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She explained that both as a woman and lawyer she is assertive in her position by understanding her own strengths and weaknesses and also her adversary's. 

Adding, that being impartial and fair does not mean she is void of emotions and cannot sympathize with an opposing viewpoint.

"She's able to see all sides of the argument and really has a passion for seeing all sides and making sure that people feel that their voices are heard and that there's a fair outcome," second year Albany Law School student, Aimee Fournier explained.   

Justice Sotomayor received the Kate Stoneman award, named for the first female to graduate Albany Law and pass the Bar Exam in the late 1800's.

Stoneman's acceptance as a lawyer came after a campaign to grant lawyers equal rights regardless of sex or race. 

It has been given to champions of change for the past 25 years.

"I was moved as someone who has a mother who is really important in my life, to see so many powerful professional women stand up in recognition of Justice Sotomayor, it was really moving for me and so that was something I'm never going to forget," second year Albany Law School student, Adriel Colon said.  

"We should never be apologetic about the good we do for people and for society we should be proud of it," Sotomayor added.

Justice Sotomayor will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Sage College in Troy April 4th at 11am and talk about her memoir at UAlbany's SEFCU Arena, Tuesday evening.


Karen Tararache

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