justice sotomayor said she did not see herself in the role she is in today until it happened. so if you don't see diverse judges or lawyers, it will be very hard for you, early on, to see yourself in that profession. for me, i did not meet a lawyer until i had already graduated from college. i did not see myself as a lawyer until sometime after that, and when i met those lawyers, i think i met like one lawyer color, so by the time i went to law school, i knew one lawyer of color and that was it. i think part of it is, you know, as we increase diversity in the profession, it is about access education to have those fundamental building blocks to go onto an ever profession it is that you want to do. in this case, the legal one. but also increasing diversity in the legal field so people can see in your own community where you live that there are actually lawyers of color, judges of color, and that that is important. christopher: why don't we take one last question? >> it was mentioned that we would have trump judiciary for generations. how do you see this impacting the way social
i give them examples of people like constance baker motley and others like justice sotomayor who are truly people who are interested in the progress and civil rights of all people but they are doing it from inside the system and that is completely possible. now, your classmates may be doing it from other places more like what you see maybe on this stage doing, but there's a role for people who are very interested in the kind of structural overhaul of our, you know, of this system to play a role inside the system. >> and i think in many ways sort of the same -- the same kind of critique and argument can be made about going into government lawyering positions as well, i mean, i know that the justice department that i joined in 2010 was a justice department that was defending don't ask/don't tell, defending the defense of marriage act, was -- and i had to sort of make that choice when i was leaving an lgbt advocacy organization, was i prepared to kind of put that part of my lawyering life sort of on the shelf knowing that there was other work that i would be able to do within that role?
i give them examples of constance baker motley and justice sotomayor, who are truly people who are interested in the progress and civil rights of all people, but they are doing it from inside the system, and that is possible. your classmates may be doing it from other places, more like what you see people on this stage doing, but there is a role for people who are interested in the structural overhaul of this system the playable inside the system. sharon: and i think the same critique could be made into lawyering positions, as well. i know the justice department i joined in 2010 was defending don't ask, don't tell, and i had to sort of make that choice when i was leaving an lgbt advocacy organization, it was i prepared to put that part of my lawyering life on the shelf, knowing there was other work i would be able to do in that rule? as it turns out, the right people, in the right place, at the right time, can often change institutions in radical and dramatic ways, but it does require sort of a personal decision about where your lines are, and what gives you value and satisfaction in terms of
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