HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States will visit the University of Houston Law Center on Friday, Jan. 26. The Justice is scheduled to answer questions from current law school students as well as those in pre-law programs in a session moderated by UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes

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“The Law Center is excited to have Justice Sonia Sotomayor visit the UHLC campus. She is a brilliant legal scholar and jurist who has overcome many of life’s obstacles,” said Baynes. “Her biography is very powerful and inspirational, serving as a model for others who may see themselves in her journey.  We also appreciate her emphasis on student engagement and discussion during her visit. It will allow our students to have the opportunity to learn from her and be inspired by her on what they can also achieve.”

Justice Sotomayor will also participate in a discussion with UHLC Professor Michael A. Olivas at noon in Krost Hall. Advance registration is required.  Click here for more information.

The Justice will also visit with student leaders, faculty, UH campus leaders, and Houston-area attorneys.

The first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, and joined the Court on Aug. 8, 2009. She previously 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 served as 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, where she served from 1992–1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 until her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009.

Justice Sotomayor 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.

Media contacts: Carrie Criado, Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184, cacriado@central.uh.edu; Elena Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-1125, ehawthor@central.uh.edu; John T. Kling, UH Law Center Communications Manager, 713-743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu; and John Brannen, Senior Writer, 713-743-3055, jtbranne@central.uh.edu 

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 45,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is a dynamic, top tier law school located in the nation’s 4th largest city. UHLC’s Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Part-time programs rank in the U.S. News Top 10. It awards Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, through its academic branch, the College of Law. The Law Center is more than just a law school. It is a powerful hub of intellectual activity with more than 11 centers and institutes which fuel its educational mission and national reputation. UHLC is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.


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