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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to Speak on Campus

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 7, 2016) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will headline the University at Albany’s Speaker Series next semester.

The event, which is scheduled for April 4, 2017, is the latest installment of the University’s ongoing Speaker Series. It will be hosted in SEFCU Arena and is free and open to the UAlbany community.

Since its inception in 2008, the University’s Speaker Series has strived to bring world leaders and thinkers to campus. It has featured nationally-recognized icons including President Bill Clinton (Spring 2011), Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (2011), Bill Nye (Spring 2015), and most recently “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton (Fall 2016).

Justice Sotomayor, whose parents came from Puerto Rico, is the third woman and the first Latina to serve on the United States Supreme Court. She was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in August 2009.

A native of the Bronx, Sotomayor earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1976 and law degree from Yale Law School in 1979. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991, and then served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009.

More information on this event, including a registration link, will be released in upcoming months.

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