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Linking Law and Life: Justice Sotomayor's Judicial Voice


Laura Ray


Widener University - Delaware Law School

January 1, 2016

Buffalo Law Review Vol. 64
Widener University Delaware Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 16-03

Abstract:     
Since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become a public celebrity who appears in both legal and non-legal venues as judge, memoirist, and baseball fan. Her opinions, however, are considerably more restrained, speaking in a judicial voice that responds to legal issues in terms of ordinary experience. She is usually puzzled rather than angered when her fellow Justices disagree with her. She draws her imagery from such familiar situations as waiting in line and striking out at the plate. And she uses colloquial diction to make her opinions accessible to non-lawyers, asking that all her readers, whether trained in the law or not, keep in mind the necessary links between life and the law that governs it.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: Sonia Sotomayor, legal writing, judges, Supreme Court

JEL Classification: K10


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Date posted: March 23, 2016 ; Last revised: March 29, 2016

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Ray, Laura, Linking Law and Life: Justice Sotomayor's Judicial Voice (January 1, 2016). Buffalo Law Review Vol. 64; Widener University Delaware Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 16-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753735

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Laura Ray (Contact Author)
Widener University - Delaware Law School ( email )
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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