Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Speak at CU Law


Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, will give the University of Colorado Law School’s fifth John Paul Stevens Lecture Sept. 2

The Stevens Lecture, which is hosted by the law school’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, is part of a series of speeches at the White Center featuring a high-profile jurist. Each of the last four have been given by a former or current U.S. Supreme Court justice, most recently the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2014. Former associate justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O’Connor and current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The “fireside chat-style” lecture runs from 1:30 to 2:30 at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium. A limited number of seats are available to the lecture for the general public at no cost. To register for tickets visit the RSVP page by Monday, Aug. 22.

Past attendance has exceeded 1,000 attendees, with additional audiences watching via live video stream at the Wolf Law Building on campus and satellite locations at other colleges and universities throughout Colorado.

Sotomayor earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1976 and her law degree from Yale Law School in 1979. She began her career as an assistant district attorney and went on to have a solo practice. In the 1990s, she was nominated by presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to judge seats on the U.S District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals respectively. In 2009, nominated by President Barack Obama, Justice Sotomayor was confirmed and sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more information about the White Center and the Stevens Lecture visit http://www.colorado.edu/law/ research/byron-white-center.