For more than a half hour before the audience at Duquesne University was able to stand in resounding applause Friday for the guest of honor, its members weren't allowed to stand at all. Those were the playful orders of a sitting United States Supreme Court justice. Pointing to the security around the perimeter of the A.J. Palumbo Center, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice in the court's history, joked that in order for her to come down into the audience and answer questions face-to-face, there should be no sudden movements. "They are here to try to protect me from myself," the justice said, prompting a burst of laughter. "They don't like me walking among you, but I like doing it." Then the 64-year-old justice circled the arena, shaking hands, hugging students and answering their questions intimately and directly -- in addition to speaking fervently about the court's purpose in such a politically divisive time. Sotomayor says justices follow rule of law, not partisan politics They don't follow partisan politics.