Supreme (Court) Networking
Last fall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Pace Law School for a day of meetings with law students and student associations, including the Latin American Law Students Association and Federal Judicial Honors Program.
Sotomayor dispensed career advice and took questions from students. “As a Justice, I place great emphasis on making sure people are fairly heard,” she told the students. “You can’t control the outcome—the law does that. But you can make sure they are heard.” She also encouraged students to find a field that is personally rewarding. “You are going to work hard (as a lawyer) whatever you do,” she said. “Find something that makes you happy.”
Pace Law School has enjoyed a long relationship with Justice Sotomayor. While a U.S. Circuit Judge, she participated in the Federal Judicial Honors Program at Pace Law School from 1999 to 2009. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the Commencement address. This was her first return to the Pace campus since she became an Associate of the Supreme Court of the United States.