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Palm Beach County Bar inspires students with books signed by Justice Sotomayor

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PBCBA Reading and Robes

Some of those participating in the PBCBA Reading and Robes event included Judge Bradley Harper; Judge Paige Gillman; Judge Samantha Feuer, and attorneys Kate Harris and Andrew Kwan.

The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judicial Relations Committee, together with the Association’s Lawyers for Literacy and Law Related Education Committees, recently brought to students at Starlight Cove Elementary in Lantana the “Reading & Robes” program, a community outreach initiative lead by The National Judicial College.

Judges and attorneys read to the students Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s autobiographical book, Turning Pages: My Life Story. The group discussed with the students the book as well as answered questions the students had about law, jury trials, the justice system, and careers in the law.

“By reading to the students in our robes, the students are able to connect with judges from diverse backgrounds on a personal level and have the opportunity to learn about the justice system, the jury trial system and the importance of jury service,” said Judge Samantha Feuer.

PBCBA Reading and Robes

Students at Starlight Cove Elementary School in Lantana participate virtually in the “Reading and Robes” program presented by judges and attorneys from the Palm Beach County Bar.

“Our first event at Starlight Cove Elementary was a great success. Due to COVID-19, we appeared virtually,” said Kate Woods Harris. “Each student received an autographed copy of Justice Sotomayor’s book to encourage the students to build their own libraries at home.”

Retired Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente said when she first heard about the event she immediately asked to participate.

“And why? Because I know as judges we can serve as role models for our children by showing not only what judges do but also our humanity,” Pariente said. “And of course, the book by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, which detailed her early struggles that she had to overcome, is an inspiration for all of us — and in particular those students who can relate to role models such as Justice Sotomayor.”

Purchase of the autographed books were made possible by donations from members of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. To support future “Reading & Robes” programs, send donations to the PBCBA, c/o Reading and Robes, P.O. Box 17726, West Palm Beach 33416.

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