U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at Notre Dame

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South Bend, Ind. Hundreds of people flooded Notre Dame's Leighton Concert Hall Wednesday night to hear a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor discussed a wide range of issues with Notre dame alumna, NBC News Correspondent and former WNDU reporter Anne Thompson.

The discussion was moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, who is also an alumna.

Ten lucky students even had the opportunity to pick the justice's brain with a public question and answer session at the end of the discussion.

Sotomayor spoke candidly about her position, giving students an intimate look at the inner workings of the highest court in the country.

"We agree almost unanimously, but this year I think we agreed less," Sotomayor said, referring to this year's exceptionally monumental caseload.

But Sotomayor also told her audience that she didn't feel like she like she "fit in" on the bench.

"I'm very different from my colleagues," said Sotomayor, who explained that she's more public and outspoken than the other justices.

As the first Hispanic justice and the third woman on the court, Sotomayor fielded several questions about her background and how it shapes her opinions and decisions.

"I don't think I'm really given permission, based on just being a Latina just being a woman, to make judgments," she said. "I have to take into account not only my life experiences but those of my colleagues who are explaining their positions to me."

While ethnic diversity on the Supreme Court is important, Sotomayor said that a wider spectrum of legal, geographical and religious backgrounds are even more crucial at this point in time.

Sotomayor spoke to a standing-room-only crowd.

The event was sponsored by the Office of the President, Notre Dame Law School and the Institute for Latino Studies.

Sotomayor also plans to speak with smaller groups of students and faculty throughout her time on campus.