Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits as Trienens Judicial Scholar

March 07, 2011

Newly appointed Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will serve as this year’s Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar. Justice Sotomayor will participate in a discussion with the Northwestern Law community followed by a question and answer session on Monday, March 7, at 4 p.m. in Thorne Auditorium. Tickets are required for the discussion, which will be moderated by Lee Epstein and Andy Koppelman. This event is open only to members of the Northwestern Law Community.

Other scheduled activities for Justice Sotomayor include meeting with the Latino Law Students Association, Women’s Leadership Coalition, and SBA Executive Board, attending a faculty lunch, and teaching a Supreme Court Clinic seminar at the Bluhm Legal Clinic.

Sotomayor has served as an Associate Justice since August 2009, making her the Court's 111th Justice, its first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor for appointment to the Supreme Court to replace retired Justice David Souter.

The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program was established at Northwestern Law in 1989 by partners of Sidley Austin LLP to honor Howard Trienens’ service to the firm and Northwestern.

Trienens, a partner at Sidley Austin since 1956, has been a member of the Northwestern board of trustees since 1967 and chairman of the board from 1986 to 1995. He received two degrees from Northwestern, a bachelor’s degree in 1945 and a JD in 1949. He was editor in chief of the Illinois Law Review.

Distinguished jurists who have lectured as part of the Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John G. Roberts Jr., William H. Renquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy.