On Tuesday, June 16th, after a breakfast reception, United States Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) delivered the 17th annual Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Lecture to a standing room only crowd of 200 at UDC’s Window Room. Leahy, who as Chair of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee would preside over the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor three weeks later, shared his views on the Sotomayor nomination, the nomination process and the political situation. His talk was filmed by C-SPAN which made the tape available on its website by the afternoon. He was introduced by Rauh Professor of Public Interest Law, Wade Henderson. UDC President Allen Sessoms, School of Law Foundation Chair Michael Rauh, and UDC Law Dean Broderick all made brief welcoming remarks. At the conclusion of Senator Leahy’s remarks, he took questions from two of the more than 20 members of the entering Class of 2012 who were in attendance, and he accepted the Dean’s Cup from Dean Broderick.