By Fangzhou Liu
A previously private talk by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been opened to all Stanford faculty, staff and students. The event will take place on March 10 in Memorial Auditorium.
Current Stanford community members with a valid Stanford University ID will be able to enter a ticket lottery starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 and ending at noon on Monday, Feb. 27. Only one lottery entry is allowed per person, and individuals will be notified of the results by email on Feb. 28.
Sotomayor, the first Supreme Court justice of Hispanic heritage, was first invited as a speaker at a private event at Stanford Law School. When the Class of 2017 presidents included Sotomayor in a list of potential graduation speakers, the Office of the President contacted the Law School about opening the talk to the broader campus.
The resulting event is a joint effort by the Office of the President, Stanford Law School and the senior class presidents. After an address by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Sotomayor will speak in dialogue with M. Elizabeth Magill, dean of Stanford Law School.
In an email to The Daily, Class President Anna Wang ’17 noted that Justice Sotomayor “reflected [the senior class’s] values,” such as a strong desire to contribute to society and a commitment to diversity.
Sotomayor is currently one of three women on the Supreme Court, along with Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who delivered Stanford’s annual Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life earlier this month.