A piece in today’s New York Times explores Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s life in New York City in great detail in an attempt to draw a cohesive picture of the judge’s experience and lifestyle. Though much of it has been said before, there is still some interesting information for personal injury lawyers practicing in New York City.
The story sketches Judge Sotomayor’s life from her childhood in the Bronx to her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It practically overflows with personal details, from her treatment of her clerks to her preferred type of cars (white Saabs).
She comes across well in the article, but perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the story for New York City personal injury lawyers is just the opportunity to read so much regarding the mannerisms and personality of a potential Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. For lawyers in New York, it’s especially intriguing to read about her favorite pizza place (Grimaldi’s) or her preferred neighborhoods (Greenwich Village).
Judge Sotomayor’s story has a deeper resonance for some New York lawyers. The story dwells on her feelings of loneliness, of sacrificing friendships and romances time and time again for the sake of her work. It describes a workweek that often spills into the weekends and a strange, occasional isolation from life outside work.
Definitely worth a read for any New York personal injury lawyer easing into his or her weekend.