Thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy’s office, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to Randolph, Vermont this past weekend. She was the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference, held at Vermont Technical College.
The hall was packed with women–and a few men–eager to hear her speak, but really, she behaved as if she was sitting in my living room. She refused to use the podium, instead sitting on a chair close to the edge of the stage, using a hand-held microphone. And she took the opportunity to talk about her education, career, ambitions and dreams.
I didn’t learn much new information about Justice Sotomayor–after all, between her confirmation hearings and the many publicized appearances she makes, I’ve come to know most of the interesting facts of her life and career. But that didn’t seem to matter much. It was just a remarkable thing to sit in the same room with her and feel like she was talking directly to me, the fledgling attorney!