Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University president Mary Papazian held a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Afterward, Sotomayor walked through the audience greeting them and being photographed with them.
Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register
NEW HAVEN--It’s not every day that a U.S. Supreme Court Justice comes to town to reflect on personal hardships and share her deepest fears.
Yet Justice Sonia Sotomayor did just that, sitting down Monday evening with Southern Connecticut State University President Mary Papazian to chat about family, growing up in the South Bronx and deciding on a career in law.
“The burdens of judgement are ... enormous,” said Sotomayor, 59, who joined the nation’s highest court in 2009. “In a courtroom, there are winners, but there’s always a loser.”
This was Sotomayor’s second recent visit to New Haven. In May, Yale University awarded her an honorary degree. Sotomayor earned a Yale Law School degree in 1979.
Earlier on Monday, Sotomayor met with seventh and eighth graders from Columbus Academy in New Haven. She also talked with representatives from various SCSU student groups.
At the university’s Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, freshmen who had read Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,” made up half the audience. They sat in rapt attention as Sotomayor described a childhood fraught with tension and loss.