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(CNN)Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an audience Wednesday that recent changes in the format of oral arguments were instituted in part after studies emerged showing that female justices on the court were interrupted more by male justices and advocates.

Sotomayor said the studies, including one by researchers Tonja Jacoby and Dylan Schweers in 2017, have had an "enormous impact" and led to Chief Justice John Roberts being "much more sensitive" to ensuring that people were not interrupted or at least that he would play referee if needed.
She also said that it is a dynamic that exists not only on the court but in society as well.
    "Most of the time women say things and they are not heard in the same way as men who might say the identical thing," she said.
      Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney BarrettSotomayor said that she had noticed the pattern "without question" before the system was changed on the bench and sometimes she would respond in a way that she knew was probably not ideal. "I interrupt back," she said.Read MoreThe comments came during a talk before New York University School of Law for a conference dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Sotomayor touched on the changing demographics of the country, the need for more professional diversity on the court, and what it has felt like to be the court's first Latina.The court's new system at oral arguments has been most evident this term now that the justices are back in open court. So far, even in contentious cases, the justices haven't cut each other off -- something that often occurred in past terms. The traditional format has been changed to allow each justice -- once an attorney's time has expired -- to ask specific questions in order of seniority. What abortion access looks like in America even before the Supreme Court reconsiders Roe v. WadeThe new system has seemed to please Justice Clarence Thomas in particular. For years he rarely asked questions from the bench, and this term he has become an active participant and opened each set of arguments with a question. Sotomayor was also asked about diversity in a different context. New York University School of Law professor Kenji Yoshino noted that several of the court's conservative members adhere to originalism -- the judicial theory that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was understood at the time of the founding. He inquired whether that approach will become "increasingly untenable" as the country's demographic makeup continues to depart substantially from the make up of the framers.Sotomayor agreed that a number of her colleagues adhere to the philosophy and she said, "whether and how that will lead to dissonance between what we are deciding and what the general population accepts as what the law should be -- is a fascinating question."The Supreme Court is facing a blockbuster term considering whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, and expand the scope of the Second Amendment.Supreme Court conservatives appear ready to endorse death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar TsarnaevShe said that there is "going to be an awful lot of dialogue by the greater society about the role of the courts in our society" and noted that there already had been some discussions among critics of the conservative majority concerning whether the court's composition should change.Sotomayor also echoed President Joe Biden's criticisms about the current court's lack of professional diversity. She noted that when Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed, "we lost our only civil rights lawyer" and that currently there is no other justice who has "been in the trenches" on civil rights, or immigration, or environmental law."I do worry that the authorities who are selecting judges are not paying enough attention to that kind of diversity as well," Sotomayor said. She said that she works to hire law clerks with diverse backgrounds and selects her audiences carefully to spread her message.She was also asked if she felt additional pressure because she was the first Latina on the court.Why it matters that Supreme Court justices can look each other in the eye again
        "If you are a person of color, you have to work harder than everybody else to succeed," Sotomayor said. "It's the nature of -- the competitive nature of our society -- where you have to prove yourself every day.""And I don't know many people of color who don't come into this enterprise without feeling that pressure of knowing that they have to work harder," she said.

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        China Says Taiwan Is Inalienable Part Of Its Territory And There Is No Room For Compromise

        China said there was “no room” for compromise when it comes to Taiwan on Friday after President Joe Biden commented that the U.S. would defend the island if it was attacked, the Associated Press reported.

        “When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in response to Biden’s CNN forum on Thursday, the AP reported.

        “No one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention.”

        At the town hall, Biden reiterated he did not want a new Cold War but said he wanted China to understand the U.S. is “not going to step back,” the AP reported. When asked if the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were invaded, Biden responded affirmatively.

        The Biden administration walked back those comments as it did on similar statements about Taiwan in August, South China Morning Post reported. “The US defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act,” a White House representative told the outlet.

        “The president was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy,” the official added.

        U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping talk during an expanded bilateral meeting with other U.S. and Chinese officials in the Roosevelt Room at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

        Wang said the U.S. should “be cautious with its words and actions,” so as to not send the wrong message to “the separatist forces of Taiwan independence” and damage U.S.-Chinese relations, the AP reported. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he would not discuss hypotheticals Friday when asked if America would defend the island. (RELATED: Despite Afghanistan, The US Will Come To Taiwan’s Defense If China Invaded, Experts Say)

        “Nobody wants to see cross-Strait issues come to blows -– certainly not President Biden, and there’s no reason that it should,” Austin said. China has increased its incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone, sending a record 52 military aircrafts into the zone on Oct. 4, escalating tensions.

        “Taiwan will demonstrate our firm determination to defend ourselves and continue to work with countries with similar values to make a positive contribution toward the Taiwan Strait and Indo-Pacific region’s peace and stability,” a spokesperson for Taiwan said Friday, the AP reported.

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