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The Latino Legal Experience in Minnesota: An Event with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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On October 18, 2016, over 100 Latino students from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area participated in an interactive program at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The event was organized by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

The program for the students featured a meet-and-greet and Q&A session with Justice Sotomayor, who shared her experiences growing up and how her ethnicity has shaped her life. Other highlights included the presentation of the colors and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish by the El Sol Boy Scouts. Singers from Anwatin Middle School also sang America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner.

Middle school and high school students in attendance were selected based on their writing, artwork, and oral history projects submitted to the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) on the theme My Past, My Future: Latino in Minnesota. Each student attending received a copy of Justice Sotomayor's book, My Beloved World.

Over 200 Federal and State judges, members of the legal community, and parents were in attendance to observe the program.

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For additional information on the District of Minnesota's outreach programs, please contact Rebeccah Parks at or (612) 664-5124.