In a question-and-answer session at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussed the courts, what it’s like being a justice and law school, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The nomination process, Sotomayor said, is “the only time the public pays attention to justices as people.” Nominees “wouldn’t be worth their salt” if they expressed their opinions on political issues, she says. However, Sotomayor thinks the nomination process is a valuable way for the public to see a nominee’s qualifications.
When a student mentioned that her parents were urging her to choose a high-paying area of the law, Sotomayor stressed finding “something that makes you happy” over what will pay the highest. Sotomayor, who recently appeared on Sesame Street for the second time (see Gavel Grab), also suggested students seek a mentor in the area of law they most need help in.
When asked about her judicial philosophy, Sotomayor said she doesn’t have one. The law, not her personal philosophy, controls how a case will turn out. “What I can control is whether people are heard fairly or not,” says Sotomayor.