Justice Sonya Sotomayor: Credit: U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor will be coming to Berkeley next month to preside over the final arguments in Berkeley Law School’s moot court.

The court’s newest justice will hear law students’ arguments on Feb. 2, according to a press release issued by the law school. She will be joined by Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, (who is a Berkeley resident) and Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court.

The participation of the prestigious trio in the James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition will serve as an “invaluable learning opportunity,” for aspiring lawyers, said Berkeley Law Dean Chris Edley.

The students will present closing arguments centered on a real trial. This year that case is Busch v. Marple Newton School District, a First Amendment case that challenges a school district’s ability to limit what students and parents can say in class.

The Feb. 2 moot court competition will be held in Wheeler from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the event and register here.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...