BERKELEY (CBS/AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is meeting with law students and law school faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sotomayor was scheduled to speak and take questions from law students at a forum Thursday.

The event comes as confirmation hearings are set to begin later this month for President Donald Trump’s nominee to the court, Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch would fill the seat that opened up when Justice Antonin Scalia died.

The court currently has only eight justices.

Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 and became the court’s first Hispanic justice when the U.S. Senate confirmed her later that year.

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