The 2016 Stein Lecture: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

October 17, 2016, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Northrop Memorial Auditorium
Carlson Family Stage

84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis , MN 55455


Video: View a video recording of this event on our YouTube channel.

Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University in 1976, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest honor. In 1979, she received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s office from 1979-84. She then litigated international commercial cases for a firm in New York City from 1984-92. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, where she served from 1992-98. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, where she served from 1998-2009. President Barack Obama nominated her to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she joined the court on August 8, 2009.

Ticket Update: 
Due to popular demand, all tickets have been claimed for this lecture. Please check back periodically as tickets may be returned by other guests.

If you have not reserved a ticket, there will be a Cancellation Line at Northrop the day of the event. All tickets that have not been scanned by 3:45 p.m. will be released to those waiting in the Cancellation Line.

If you have reserved a ticket and can no longer attend, please follow the instructions below to release your reservation. You can cancel tickets up until the day of the event.

Instructions to Release a Ticket: Have your ticket information available. The Northrop Box Office will request your name and order number. You may contact Northrop with this information at 612-624-2345 or; Monday - Friday, 10:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For questions on registration, please contact: 
U of M Tickets and Events Ticket Office, Northrop 
84 Church Street SE, Ste 13 
Minneapolis, MN 55455 

Phone, walk-up and internet ticket reservations available.  
Phone: 612-624-2345 
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Rules of courtroom decorum will be followed. No purses, backpacks, bags, cell phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the hall. We encourage you to not bring them, but coat check will be available if needed.

Doors open at 3:00 PM. Please plan to arrive early and be seated by 3:45 PM for the event to start on time at 4 PM.

CLE Credits
1.5 Standard CLE credits have been approved; Event Code #225999

Reception to follow lecture in the Northrop Atrium. 

Parking Information

Northrop is located on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, near University Avenue and 17th Avenue SE/Church Street in Minneapolis.  Building info and links to maps and parking options are available here.  Please note that the Church Street Garage fills quickly and you may wish to consider other options. 

Northrop is also located near the East Bank Station for the Green Line. The Metro Transit website has information about bus and light rail options.

Sponsored by

Professor Robert A. Stein, class of 1961, dean of the Law School for 15 years, and former chief operating officer of the American Bar Association, generously endowed this lecture series to enrich the program of the Law School by inviting leaders of the bench and bar and of the governments of the United States and other nations to deliver an annual lecture on a topic of national or international interest. 

Previous Stein Lectures have included: Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56), Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Laura Walton
No Cost; Ticket required for admission.