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Justice Sotomayor Shares Personal Story, Noting Cynthia Fischer as Mentor

11/04/2016

On October 17, Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave the 2016 Stein Lecture at the University of Minnesota. She shared her personal story, from growing up in a housing project in the Bronx to being one of only a handful of women attending Princeton University, to the fear that gripped her during her first case on the Supreme Court.

Justice Sotomayer recalled finding her first female mentors, Schnader partner Cynthia Fischer and the late Frances Bernstein, at the New York firm Pavia & Harcourt. She said the pair showed her how to be tenacious in standing up to men and demonstrated that women could be as passionate and committed to the law as anyone else. They also showed her she “could be feminine and still be respected—and feared.”

Cynthia, who earned both her J.D. and B.A. at the University of Minnesota, attended the lecture.

You can read Minnesota Lawyer’s synopsis of the lecture, Justice Sotomayor shares personal story with U of M audience, or click here to watch the Stein lecture in its entirety.