• I can and do aspire to be greater than the sum total of my experiences, but I accept my limitations. I willingly accept that we who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience and heritage but attempt, as the Supreme Court suggests, continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices are appropriate.

    "A Latina Judge's Voice". Address to the 'Raising the Bar' symposium at the UC Berkeley School of Law, 2001.
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