February 04, 2011
Justice Sotomayor to Receive Bar Diversity Award March 11The event is now completely sold out and the waitlist is full.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.
The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia told Bar members in December. "Throughout her entire career, Justice Sotomayor has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity and equal justice for all Americans. As the first Hispanic-American justice, nominated by the first African-American president, she embodies the ideals of diversity and shines like a beacon of hope for others in our profession," the Chancellor said.
Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.
Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."
The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $60 for members and $70 for non-members and are available at philadelphiabar.org. Tickets for a table of 10 Bar Association members are $550 and a table of 10 non-members can be purchased for $675. Registration is closed for this event.