Election Law Class Visits Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor


Twenty Fordham Law students from Adjunct Professor Jerry Goldfeder’s Election Law class visited the United States Supreme Court on January 22 for an informal meeting with Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

After opening up the meeting with welcoming remarks, Justice Sotomayor answered a series of student questions, covering whether she follows up on the impacts of the Court’s decisions, the reasons for an increase in election law–related cases, and the particular challenges of women lawyers.

“The Justice was warm and thoroughly engaged and, of course, extremely thoughtful,” said Professor Goldfeder. “I was told that she very much enjoys speaking to young people, especially to law students, and this clearly came across.”

In addition to the meeting with Justice Sotomayor, a Supreme Court docent gave the students a tour. This was the first time Professor Goldfeder, who also serves as Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, had arranged such a trip for his class, and he hopes to provide similar experiences to future students.

“I was obviously very pleased to be able to arrange this visit. It enabled the students to learn about the judicial process in a very special way – and to meet a very special person.”


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