By Ali McNally, LAW WEEK COLORADO
DENVER – Hundreds crammed in and around the University of Denver Sturm College of Law forum as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answered questions about her life in law school, as a corporate attorney, her journey through the bench and as a minority.
“I think it was really cool for Sotomayor to come to Colorado and answer our questions because not many people get the opportunity to ask them,” said Jessica Keys, a 17-year-old senior at Manual High School who got first crack at the Q & A session.
Keys asked Sotomayor whether her race and upbringing in the Bronx suburb of Manhattan made her feel out of place at Princeton, where the justice received her undergraduate degree.
“I’m on the Supreme Court of the United States and I’m one of nine extraordinary people. Every morning I get up and I wonder, am I really here? Do I really belong? It takes a long time for that feeling to go away,” Sotomayor said. “Even if I’m a little bit different, it’s okay, and I guess that’s where I am now. It’s okay.”
Sotomayor was invited to speak by DU and the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, a Denver-based nonprofit focused on diversity in the legal profession.
Editor’s Note: Read a full account of the Sotomayor session, including her comments on her obstacles as a private practice attorney in New York, in the Aug. 30 print edition of Law Week.