Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits Pacific Islands

January 30, 2012

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Photo by Wendy L. Doromal ©2011
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor is in the Pacific visiting several islands. Last week she visited Guam at the invitation of Guam District Court Judge Francis Tydingco Gatewood. She met with students and attorneys and attended the NMI District Court Conference. On Saipan she met with attorneys and CNMI students representing the mock trial competition.  She also made a short visit to Tinian and had lunch with members of the CNMI Bar at the American Memorial Park during her one-day stop in the CNMI.

From the CNMI, Sotomayor will travel to Hawaii where she will spend a week in the jurist-in-residence program at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law.

Associate Justice Sotomayor is an amazing woman and I am sure that she inspired many who met her or listened to her words. I had the privilege of meeting her last year when visiting Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas at the inner chambers of the Supreme Court. She was extremely gracious and warm.

Although she was born in Brooklyn, New York, Associate Justice Sotomayor is of Puerto Rican descent and is the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court. When she arrived in Guam on Wednesday she noted the parallels between Puerto Rico and Guam. Having been to Guam dozens of times and to Puerto Rico twice (once for a wedding and once to train teachers in multiple locations all over the island) I can say I really don't see many commonalities between the islands from a physical aspect. Physically, Puerto Rico reminded both me much more of the Philippines than of Guam.  Of course, politically, there are similarities between Guam and Puerto Rico, as the leaders and residents of both islands continually scrutinize their political relationship to the United States.

Read more about Sotomayor's visit here.


Anonymous said...

Two day stop.