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Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Comes to USD

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Sonia Sotomayor

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to host U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as she continues her national book tour. Sotomayor will visit USD Jan. 27 to discuss “My Beloved World” at Shiley Theatre. The event is sold out.

Sotomayor in 2009 became the first Hispanic and third woman justice appointed to the Supreme Court. She was raised in the Bronx, the child of an alcoholic father who died while she was in grade school and a loving but overburdened mother. When Sotomayor was diagnosed with childhood diabetes, she quickly learned that independence was her only chance for survival. She began to give herself daily insulin injections and to plan for a different life.

It was an unrelenting dream to study law that saw Sotomayor through chronic illness, life at home with an emotionally absent parent, and on to Princeton and Yale. Her career soared from the New York County District Attorney’s office to private practice, and then an appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. She credits her mentors, a failed marriage and her “family” of dear friends for shaping a life filled with growth and self-discovery. Her book details that journey, providing an unprecedented intimate look at the life of a sitting justice.

Ticket holders will receive a complimentary copy of “My Beloved World.” Sotomayor will sign books immediately following the talk, though time will not allow for personalization or posed photography.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Guests carrying small bags and purses should arrive in time for a security search. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted. Check in begins at 1:30 p.m. and doors open at 2 p.m.