When penning a letter to a justice of the Supreme Court, one law student wasn’t sure if he would receive a response — until, to his “surprise,” he got some “fantastic advice” back.
A few months had passed since the University of Dayton rising 2nd-year law student Patrick Sobkowski wrote a letter to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch “asking for advice as [he made his] way through law school.”
“It was an extremely pleasant surprise to come home to a response from him,” Sobkowski tweeted.
The student said that regardless of pursuing a degree as a lawyer or not, Gorsuch offered “fantastic advice” to anyone.
The letter, dated May 21, reads:
“My advice to law students is very simple: work hard, learn to write and speak effectively, never give up on your passions, treasure your family and friendships, find time to do public service, and learn to win — or lose — graciously.
More than all of that, know that you will have many regrets in life — things said or done, or left unsaid or undone — but the one thing you will never regret is being kind.”
A few months ago, I wrote a letter to Justice Gorsuch asking for advice as I make my way through law school.
It was an extremely pleasant surprise to come home to a response from him.
Fantastic advice; regardless of whether you are a lawyer or not. pic.twitter.com/yzYxSJfnxG
— Patrick J. Sobkowski (@PJSobkowski) July 18, 2019
Gorsuch’s letter sparked reactions on social media:
— University of Dayton (@univofdayton) July 19, 2019
Gorsuch quickly cementing his place as my favorite member of SCOTUS https://t.co/TArzO70jn2
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) July 19, 2019
Great to see Justice Gorsuch take the time to respond to a letter like this — regardless of whether you agree or disagree with his views. https://t.co/1XrJpK6K3r
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) July 19, 2019
When I met with Justice Gorsuch last November at the @FedSoc National Lawyers Convention, he gave me the following piece of advice as I start my career this coming fall: “Aim high.”
He is sincerely one of the nicest, approachable, and selfless individuals I’ve ever met. https://t.co/bMfIpbtljS
— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) July 19, 2019
Trump also nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh — who was sworn in after his controversial confirmation hearings over sexual misconduct allegations from decades ago — to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy. In early June, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised Kavanaugh for the first all-female group of law clerks staff.
“Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew,” Ginsburg previously said. “Thanks to his selections, the Court has this Term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks.”