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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Inspires U of U Students

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke on the campus of the University of Utah on Wednesday.

Several thousand students, faculty and guests gathered at the Huntsman Center to hear Sonia Sotomayor speak.  The Supreme Court Justice spent most of her time walking through the crowd, mingling with students and answering questions.  U student Liz Morales asked Sotomayor for advice on how to navigate being a first generation American student. 

“Don’t lose your culture. You are a product of your family, their history and the riches that they can give you, but at the same time if you’re planting roots in a new country, to become a part of it, you have to master its language,” said Sotomayor.

Sotomayor didn’t talk about any cases on the Supreme Court’s agenda, but she did offer some clues about the relationships she has with other justices on the High Court.

“We actually get along very well as people because we respect that each person has a great passion, the same passion, to protect the constitution and laws of the United States,” said Sotomayor.

Sotomayor told the audience that understanding people’s unique life experiences is key to navigating a world with filled with sharply different opinions.

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