U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The View” this week to discuss her memoir, “My Beloved World.”
The justice joked that she felt as nervous coming on the show as lawyers do when they argue in front of the Supreme Court. The hosts asked Sotomayor about her childhood, and the stories she wrote about in her memoirs.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Sotomayor if she had an opinion on affirmative action, and whether it had any impact on where she was today. Sotomayor replied that she could not state an opinion on affirmative action due to a pending case on the matter, but that in her memoir she had discussed what it was like to grow up in the civil rights movement.
“What I stand for is what I understood affirmative action to be when I experienced it,” she said. “At that time, the affirmative action that I was a part of, was not the quota system that developed later.”
On Sunday, Sotomayor spoke at Cooper Union, a private college in Manhattan, during the closing night of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
According to the Associated Press, the justice denied that she was “doing press,” but said that “it seems pointless today to exclude the press from any event, when any member of the audience can tweet quotations.”
Sotomayor discussed the importance of judicial independence at the event, according to Above the Law. She noted that it is easy to know how to impeach a judge, but it is “thankfully quite difficult” to do so.
Sotomayor also took part in a question-and-answer session with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. He asked her why she chose the title for her memoirs, and how the people written about in the book had received it.
She discussed how she hopes her book will educate youth, and encourage them to follow their goals.