Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, Thomas, and Alito

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito were interviewed as part of C-SPAN’s Supreme Court… read more

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito were interviewed as part of C-SPAN’s Supreme Court Week. 

In her first television interview since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor talked about her first impressions of the job, the acclimation process at the court, her first oral argument experience, and how she intends to be in certain phases of her job. She also discussed the call she received from President Obama asking her to be his nominee to the court and the confirmation hearings that followed. Justice Sotomayor was interviewed in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court building.

Justice Thomas talked about the Supreme Court building and its symbolism, how his approach to oral argument differs from his fellow justices, how he approaches opinion writing, customs of collegiality at the court, and his loss of anonymity, amongst a host of topics. He was interviewed in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building.

Justice Breyer provided a tour through all three parts of his private chambers as he walked through the entire process of how the Supreme Court works and how it reaches its decisions. He also talked about the history of the building, and gave a window into the private side of a Supreme Court justice as he sat down at the end of the tour to talk about his favorite part of the building - his office.

Justice Alito talked about the role of the court, his impressions of the Constitution and of his job. In addition to the process that unfolds at the court in making decisions, he talked about the role of the junior justice, something that he’s handed over to new Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Interviews with Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Scalia and O’Connor can be viewed and purchased in program 7716-1.

Interviews with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Stevens can be viewed and purchased in program 7654-1. close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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