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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor discussion rescheduled at Emory Law

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will participate in a discussion with Emory Law professor Fred Smith Jr. at an event for the law school community at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will participate in a discussion with Emory Law professor Fred Smith Jr. at an event for the law school community at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. 

The event is rescheduled from a previous date in September 2017, which was canceled due to inclement weather.

Smith is a constitutional law scholar who clerked for Sotomayor during the October 2013 term. An audience question-and-answer session will follow.

Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2009. President George Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991, and she served in that role from 1992 to 1998. She then served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009.

Prior to serving as a judge, she was assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979 to1984. From 1984 to 1992, she worked as an associate and then partner at Pavia & Harcourt, where she litigated international commercial matters. 

Sotomayor is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. She earned a B.A. degree from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. She was born in the Bronx in New York City. 

Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,”  was published in 2013. Autographed copies will be available for purchase before and after the event. 

Ticketing details 

Those who reserved tickets in the original lottery for the September 2017 event will receive an email requiring them to reconfirm their attendance. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, confirmed ticket holders will be able to pick up their tickets at a registration table set up outside Glenn Memorial Auditorium when the doors open at 10:45 a.m. Attendees must present a valid Emory ID to pick up their ticket. 

If a ticket is not picked up by 11:45 a.m., the registrant risks losing it to a member of the waitlist. Those not seated at the start of the program will not be admitted. 


Parking is limited near Glenn Memorial Auditorium, located at 1660 North Decatur Rd. This map of Emory University visitor parking locations will illustrate other parking options. Please note that the decks closest to Glenn Memorial – Oxford Road and Fishburne decks – often fill up during the day; Peavine visitors lot and Lowergate visitors deck (not Lowergate South, which is a reserved deck) are good alternatives, though they require a longer walk to Glenn Memorial.

Additional event details

  • Attendees wishing to submit questions for Sotomayor may do so via this link.
  • No cameras, flash photography, or recording will be permitted, outside pre-approved members of the media.
  • Attendees will be asked to silence cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices.
  • Food and drinks are prohibited in Glenn Memorial Auditorium.
  • No backpacks, briefcases, large bags, or large purses will be allowed. No bag check will be available.

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