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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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Sotomayor hires first Native Hawaiian as clerk.
The announcement last month that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has hired Kamaile Turcan as one of her law clerks next term says almost as much about the justice as it does about Turcan.
Not only will Turcan be the first Native Hawaiian law clerk at the court, but she is also the first graduate of University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law invited to clerk for a justice.
For Sotomayor, the hire symbolizes a quiet quest she has undertaken since joining the court in 2009 to better understand indigenous populations — not just Native Hawaiians but Native Americans, Alaskan natives and others. "It shows her openness to diversity, to different perspectives," said the law school's dean, Avi Soifer, who first introduced Sotomayor to Turcan in 2012 when Sotomayor was jurist-in-residence at the university. During her visit Sotomayor sought out people and places that would expose her to Native Hawaiian culture and law.
Read the whole story at National Law Journal
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