Book Talk with Joan Biskupic Breaking In: the Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

Event time: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Room 129 Yale Law School See map
Event description: 

 Meet the author, Joan Biskupic and listen to a conversation about her new book with commentary by Linda Greenhouse. 

It was little surprise in 2009 that President Barack Obama nominated a Hispanic judge to replace the retiring justice David Souter. The fact that there had never been a nominee to the nation’s highest court from the nation’s fastest growing minority had long been apparent. So the time was ripe—but how did it come to be Sonia Sotomayor?

In Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, the veteran journalist Joan Biskupic answers that question. This is the story of how two forces providentially merged—the large ambitions of a talented Puerto Rican girl raised in the projects in the Bronx and the increasing political presence of Hispanics, from California to Texas, from Florida to the Northeast—resulting in a historical appointment. And this is not just a tale about breaking barriers as a Puerto Rican. It’s about breaking barriers as a justice.