In her visit to Emory University on Feb. 6, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reflected on her view of the ultimate purpose of the law: “helping people.”
Sotomayor’s visit to Emory included a discussion with Fred Smith, a constitutional law scholar at Emory who clerked for Sotomayor in 2013.
During her visit, Emory Law Interim Dean James B. Hughes Jr. and Emory President Claire E. Sterk welcomed Sotomayor, with Sterk expressing confidence that the justice would help show “why the rule of law is more important now than it ever has been.”
As she spoke, Sotomayor left the stage to interact more with the audience members – a more intimate approach in a hall as large as the Glenn Memorial Auditorium.
During a question-and-answer session that followed the discussion, Sotomayor explained her belief that both her life and career have been built on relationships. The main point of the law, she said, is “about helping people,” and lawyers and judges serve to help us navigate, if not improve upon, our relationships with one another.
To learn more about the Justice Sotomayor’s visit, visit the Emory University website by clicking here.