On September 9, United States
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg
Law Center in Central Islip, NY to receive the Bruce K. Gould Book Award for
her critically praised memoir, "My Beloved World."
Justice Sotomayor was
greeted by Patricia Salkin, Dean and Professor of Law at the Law Center, and
was joined by Dr. Alan Kadish, President and CEO of Touro College and
University System, and Dean Emeritus Howard A. Glickstein.
She accepted the award for
her book -- which recounts her life from
a Bronx housing project to the federal bench --
in front of more than 700 students, alumni, faculty, staff and the
public assembled in an auditorium and also in nearby overflow rooms. After the award presentation, Justice
Sotomayor delivered comments and answered questions from students.
Earlier in the day,
Justice Sotomayor -- the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the
Supreme Court -- met with a total of more than 150 students in three
small-group sessions. She also visited Touro Law’s Disaster Relief Clinic,
meeting with students and attorneys to discuss the impact of their work on the
people of Long Island.
“Meeting Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was fantastic,” said Touro Law student Catherine
Romano. “She was so approachable and
down to earth which makes her all the more inspiring. I am a member of Phi
Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, as is Justice Sotomayor who inspires us all to
As a jurist of Hispanic
origin, Justice Sotomayor’s visit held special meaning for the Law Center,
where about 38 percent of the incoming class is minority. At 17 percent,
Hispanics comprise the largest proportion of the class.
“Justice Sotomayor’s life
and career is a story that inspires those who are drawn to the legal profession,”
said Dean Salkin. “Her presence at Touro
Law Center resonates in a special way, because our school has an impressive and
long-time commitment to diversity and service to the underprivileged.”
Now in its 21st year, the
Bruce K. Gould Book Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding
publication related to the law, legal profession or legal system. Previous winners include Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Senator Christopher Dodd
and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz.