Reading & Robes

A community-outreach initiative for children to promote literacy and civic education

Reading & Robes is a community-outreach initiative of the College that began in 2019.

It involves judges, wearing their robes, reading aloud to younger students from culturally diverse books with themes of justice, fairness and the law.

The first books chosen for the program were autobiographical works by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

KIds holding up books & Judge Sotomeyer
Teen with gavel

During its first year, more than 1,200 children from third-grade to high school attended a Reading & RobesSM program in Nevada. More than 2,500 copies of “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” “Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You,” and “The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor” were distributed, in English and Spanish, to children in Reno, Las Vegas and rural Nevada communities.

At least six other states have presented or expressed interest in presenting Reading & RobesSM programs: Alabama, North Carolina, New Mexico, Iowa, Hawai’i and Ohio.


Reading & RobesSM receives support from the William N. Pennington Foundation, the NV Energy Foundation Wilbur May Foundation, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Gold Mines and the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.

Kids learning about the law
Kids with books in courthouse