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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak at MSU Denver May 2


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: March 25, 2013



DENVER – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will address students, faculty and the community at an event hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver the evening of May 2 at the Auraria Event Center.  

Polly Baca, first woman to chair the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House of Representatives and the first Hispanic woman elected to the Colorado State Senate, will moderate the presentation along with MSU Denver Deputy Provost Luis Torres.

Program Details:

This free ticketed event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors Open: 4 p.m., Doors Close: 7 p.m., Program: 7-8 p.m. Auraria Event Center – 905 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80204. This is a secure event so please arrive at least an hour early to allow time for security screening and entry. For tickets and information visit msudenver.edu/sotomayor/.

Justice Sotomayor, the first Latina and third female Supreme Court Justice, is expected to discuss her recently released memoir, “My Beloved World.” In this rare opportunity to hear from a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Sotomayor will recount her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

 Justice Sotomayor earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor.  In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. 

Sotomayor served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979-84.  She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984-92.  In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992-1998.  She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998-2009.  President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role on Aug. 8, 2009.

As part of the program, a representative from MSU Denver’s Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership will present Justice Sotomayor with its leadership award. Established in 1998 marking the centennial of Golda Meir’s birth, the award covers arts and public affairs recognizing leaders such as Director Steven Spielberg, Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, among others.

The program was made possible by Metropolitan State University of Denver with support from the Center for Colorado and the West at Auraria Library.

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Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library

Founded in 2009 and situated in downtown Denver, the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library (CC&W) advances understanding of Rocky Mountain history. Signature projects enrich educational experiences for students on the Auraria Higher Education Center campus. Students selected as Kenneth King Foundation Fellows and interns work with faculty supervisors to build unique digital research collections, review Colorado publications, and produce mini-documentaries. Active partnerships with Denver Public Library and History Colorado ensure coordinated efforts to further public history scholarship on Colorado and the West.

About the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership

The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, operated by the Political Science Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is housed in the only known U.S. residence of Golda Meir on what is now the Auraria Campus. The center is a nonpartisan educational project whose purpose is to expand public understanding of the important role of leadership at all levels of political and civic life, from community affairs to transnational relations. As a woman from a poor family who was twice an immigrant to new lands, Golda Meir reminds us that the potential for leadership knows no class, ethnic, gender, religious, racial, age or geographical boundaries. Leadership can emerge from the most unlikely places.

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is Colorado’s best value in high-quality education. With 23,000 students, it is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 74,000 alumni most remaining in Colorado after graduation.