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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Captivates Austinites

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Wearing an orange jacket and ear rings, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor left a memorable impression in Longhorn Country when she appeared yesterday in Overheard with Evan Smith in the KLRU studio at The University of Texas at Austin.

Justice Sotomayor, the 111th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Hispanic to serve on the High Court, came to Austin, a city she promised to visit again because of its music venues, to discuss her new book My Beloved World.  The book is now ranked number one in the New York Times best sellers list.

The book provides a detailed glimpse of how a young Latina was able to overcome adversity through hard work, determination, and guidance from her mother and “abuelita”.  Justice Sotomayor told the audience that the message of the book is to “aim high to move forward.”  She also emphasized that it is okay not to know certain things.  “You can’t succeed if you are not willing to say,  ‘I don’t know,'” said Justice Sotomayor.

Her most poignant advice was to an elementary student who asked what advice she would give a fifth grader with big dreams.  After a brief pause, she said, “Do not be afraid of failure.  Do not let fear stop you because it stops everyone else.”

A participant in the audience asked her what advice she would give to aspiring law students.  She was very honest in her response:  “Don’t practice law unless you have a passion for it.”

After her presentation at The University of Texas Austin, she signed hundreds of books at Book People, an independent book store in Austin.  At her signing, she was glad to see Professor Gerald Torres of The University of Texas School of Law.  Professor Torres was a third year law student at Yale Law School when Justice Sotomayor began her legal studies there.

Austinites look forward to her return.

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January 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

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