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Source: Jackie Hartman, 785-532-6221, jlh1980@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/landon/
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535, bbohn@k-state.edu

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR TO PARTICIPATE IN LANDON FORUM

MANHATTAN -- A forum with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the first presentation of the spring semester in Kansas State University's Landon Lecture Series.

Justice Sotomayor's forum will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

"Justice Sotomayor will be just the third member of the Supreme Court to be part of K-State's prestigious Landon Lecture Series," said Jackie Hartman, chair of the series and K-State's director of community relations and assistant to the president. "The special forum format will allow the audience the opportunity to learn more about Justice Sotomayor, who is one of the newest members of the court."

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren gave a Landon Lecture in 1970. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired from the high court in 2006, gave a lecture in 1988.

President Barack Obama nominated then Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in May 2009. She was sworn in Aug. 8, 2009.

Justice Sotomayor earned a bachelor's in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979 to 1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984 to 1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992 to 1998. She served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009.