Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to speak in Stockton

July 3, 2015 2:38pm

•  Keynote speaker for University of the Pacific forum

•  “To promote and showcase women leaders”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the Oct. 23 Advancing Women’s Leadership forum at University of the Pacific’s Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

Also speaking will be Amy Purdy, a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist and motivational speaker, and Connie Rishwain, former president of UGG and a Pacific alumna.

Tickets for the event will be $15 and available for sale in late August. Special group arrangements will be available on a limited basis for high schools and other educational organizations that serve young adults.

“This forum is intended to promote and showcase women leaders and to cultivate future leaders. We want to transform our community by inspiring and empowering youth and adults alike,” says Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chairman of Pacific’s Board of Regents and a member of the planning committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership, a group of regional business, education and civic leaders dedicated to developing leadership in the community.

Ms, Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court since 2009, earned her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her juris doctor degree in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was an assistant district attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office for the next five years before joining the law firm of Pavia and Harcourt, where she litigated international commercial matters. She was an associate and then partner for the firm until 1992.

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