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Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks growing up in the Bronx, her love of sci-fi and more

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard


Here’s something I never thought I’d find myself saying about a Supreme Court justice: She’s good girlfriend material.

Having heard in December that Justice Sonia Sotomayor would be in LA in January, producer Dave Coelho and I, on the unlikeliest chance, threw out an invitation to talk about her work and her life and her book at a forum for young people here at KPCC.

One week before Sotomayor’s arrival, we heard back: She was good to go.

We and the Crawford Family Forum staff scrambled to line up high school and college students. The U.S. Marshal’s officers came through several times to check security measures, and then … she was here.

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She’s the third of four women to serve on the court, but she says she thinks of herself as “Sonia from the Bronx.” Before we went onstage, Sonia-from-the-Bronx and I talked about shoes, about Nancy Drew (Nancy and her swanky roadster and her chums introduced the Puerto Rican Bronx girl to a large, unknown world of wealth and status) and about the love of reading that seemed to her and to me to be a magical passport to anywhere in the world and beyond it, into history and science fiction – which is one of her beloved book genres.

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