Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor encourages local law students ahead of receiving award

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Albany Law School Monday to offer words of wisdom to students.

Aspiring legal professionals were star struck as Justice Sotomayor strolled into the courtroom.

The evening started with her talking about her book titled “My Beloved World,” an autobiography that describes her childhood and how she’s now one of the most powerful people.

“It’s because lawyers protected people’s rights and made others understand,” she said.

She also made the crowd laugh as she shared personal stories about her family and her struggles.

“I’m not the lawmaker; I’m the law interpreter and applicator,” she said.

As Justice Sotomayor made her way up and down the courtroom to shake hands, give hugs and take pictures, students asked for advice.

At the end, she received the Kate Stoneman Award for her commitment to seek change and equal opportunities for women in the legal field.

Two Albany Law students said her words were very eye opening.

“I think that she gave very encouraging advice about how to sort of approach this field and this profession as a female,” Aimee Fournier said. “To be assertive and remain confident and how to deal with the stereotypes that females encounter.”

“You know, that’s really what she’s talking about,” Adriel Colon said. “Not speaking for somebody else but just for saying, ‘Hey, I’m here to support you and to share life experiences.’”

Justice Sotomayor will be making two other stops in the Capital Region.

On Tuesday, she will receive an honorary doctorate from the Sage Colleges and speak on its campus in Troy.

Tuesday night, she will hold an interactive discussion on her memoir at the SEFCU Arena.

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