ASU Hosts Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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ASU Hosts Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Sonia Sotomayor

On behalf of the Justice & Social Inquiry faculty in the School of Social Transformation, we are proud to announce this year’s guest for the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture will be U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She will join us on Monday, January 23rd at 5:30pm at ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe for this free event.

The John P. Frank Lecture is Justice and Social Inquiry’s signature annual event. The endowed lecture series honors the memory of attorney John P. Frank (1917-­2002), a leader in the Arizona legal community and one of our nation’s great legal minds.

A limited number of tickets are available for the general public and will be distributed outside the North Lobby of Gammage Auditorium on Monday, January 23rd from 3:30-5:00pm on a first-come, first-served basis. One person may request up to two tickets. Gammage Auditorium is located at 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 85281. Directions and parking information is available here.

Questions about the this year’s John P Frank Lecture: [email protected]

You may submit questions for Justice Sotomayor to address at the lecture via email – [email protected] and writing “Question” in the subject line. Not all questions will be asked. Please read the Lecture Protocol document before you send.

We thank the individuals and organizations whose support expanded the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture into an endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the School of Social Transformation.

Make a gift to the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture Endowment.

Contact Justice and Social Inquiry to learn more about the lecture at (480­) 965-­9700.

Read the edited collection of the first 12 lectures in Law and the Quest for Justice.

About Sonia Sotomayor

Smiley faceSonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She 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.

She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992.

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 August 8, 2009.

About John P. Frank

John P. Frank is recognized as part of the team that represented Ernesto Miranda before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966 – the case in which the High Court ruled that suspects must be advised of their right to legal counsel. Frank wrote or delivered arguments for numerous First Amendment and desegregation cases and made important contributions to the historical brief for Brown v. Board of Education. He is remembered as well for his expertise in civil procedure and standards for judicial disqualification. A lawyer, constitutional scholar, historian, author and mentor, his opinion was sought by presidents and Supreme Court justices and he was influential in shaping public policy in Arizona and the nation.

The series, which focuses on pressing justice issues of our time, honors Frank’s life-long commitments to justice, scholarship and law. Justice and Social Inquiry is proud to host the John P. Frank Lecture, which has been made possible through the generosity of the Phoenix law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (formerly Lewis and Roca), which Frank joined in 1954, and Frank’s many friends and admirers.

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