Linking Law and Life: Justice Sotomayor's Judicial Voice

14 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2016 Last revised: 29 Mar 2016

Laura Ray

Widener University - Delaware Law School

Date Written: January 1, 2016

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.

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

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

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

Laura Ray (Contact Author)

Widener University - Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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