Sonia Sotomayor On Being A Lawyer

by Jamison Koehler on January 13, 2013
U.S. Capitol building

Q:  Would you describe yourself as being tough on the bench?

A:  Demanding.

Q:  You’re demanding.

A:  Tough, yes, in the sense that I want lawyers to be prepared.  I think that being a lawyer is one of the best jobs in the whole wide world.

Q:  Really?

A:  You want to know why?  Because every lawyer, no matter whom they represent, is trying to help someone, whether it’s a person, corporation, a government entity, or a small or big business.  To me, lawyering is the height of service — and being involved in this profession is a gift.  Any lawyer who is unhappy should go back to square one and start again.

Source:  The Oprah Magazine, February 2013

2 Comments on “Sonia Sotomayor On Being A Lawyer

  1. Too bad she never represented a real person in a real courtroom. I like her, she’s a great justice, but don’t forget that she was a prosecutor when she was a trail lawyer.

  2. I am also an admirer of Judge Sotomayor – she’s right. I regularly run into trial lawyers who whine about how they hate their clients, the judges, other lawyers. I am particularly disappointed in my colleagues when I hear them tell young people and students not to “waste their time” pursuing a law degree. It shocks me.

    I would add the following to the altruistic motives described by the Judge: for those of us with a certain intellect and combative nature, you can’t beat mixing it up in Court.

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