U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College on Wednesday, April 6, as part of the college’s Worrell Lecture series.
Justice Sotomayor will speak briefly, and her presentation will be followed by a one-on-one conversation with St. John’s President Mark Roosevelt and a question-and-answer period. The event, which is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis (no tickets required or available), will be held in the college’s Student Activities Center at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Sotomayor was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She thereafter served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she was an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. 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 1992–1998. She then served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009.President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.
The Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature is made possible by the Francis W. and Carol J. Worrell Charitable Remainder Unitrust. The lecture honors the late Santa Fe resident Carol Worrell, whose widower, Francis, cited Carol’s love of literature in designating the funds for the lecture series. Justice Sotomayor is the author of a memoir, My Beloved World, which traces her journey from a Bronx housing project to the nation’s highest court. The memoir, signed copies of which will be available at the event, was called “a compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age” and “an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication” by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.
Parking at the college is extremely limited. Those attending the event should park at the IHM Retreat and Conference Center front lot (off Camino Cruz Blanca) or at the Rio Grande School (Camino Cabra). Shuttles will be running between those lots and the college