The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in town Monday to promote her newly released memoir, said she couldn't talk about affirmative action because of a pending court case. In the next breath, she talked about what it had meant to her - admission to Princeton and Yale Law School and the launching of a legal career.
"I was given the chance to get to the start of the race and it changed my life," the 58-year-old justice told a sold-out Commonwealth Club audience at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
When she entered Princeton on a scholarship in 1972 despite unspectacular test scores, she recalled, the school was in only its third year of admitting women and had barely a handful of minority students.