| Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s CV includes a link to Suffolk University Law School. In 1996, Sotomayor published an article in the Suffolk University Law Review titled "Returning Majesty to the Law and Politics: A Modern Approach." The article was based on a speech Sotomayor gave as part of the Donahue Lecture Series when she was a federal district court judge in Manhattan.
In the piece, Sotomayor and co-author Nicole Gordon wrote that "change—sometimes radical change—can and does occur in a legal system that serves a society whose social policy itself changes. It is our responsibility to explain to the public how an often unpredictable system of justice is one that serves a productive civilized but always evolving society." Numerous news outlets have reported on the article's contents, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well at websites such as Politico and MSNBC.com. Some analysts have pointed to the piece as evidence of Sotomayor's legal realist views. It is anticipated that the law review article will figure into the confirmation hearings this summer. If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the second Supreme Court justice to deliver the Suffolk Law Donahue Lecture prior to ascending to the bench; Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the lecture in 1983 while he was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Founded in 1980, the Suffolk Law Donahue Lecture Series annually attracts lecturers from among the nation's top legal scholars and jurists.