Last night, Charlie Rose had Sonia Sotomayor on his show discussing her recent book, My Beloved World. They covered a lot of ground on the show including how to write a Supreme Court position paper. They mentioned some of the well crafted positions of the past, such as Hugo Black's position on Brown v. Board of Education and how Justice Sotomayor crafted hers, which have been criticized for being "dry."
It was quite interesting as she said she said Obama put her on a bit of a hot seat by saying he chose a justice nominee who brought empathy to the bench, and found herself having to defend herself before the Senate in this regard. She said she had no idea what the President meant by it, other than she brought her own personal experience to the bench, as each justice does, but she feels it is very important to have proper legal grounding to all her decisions, not let herself be influenced by any emotional response to a particular case brought before her.
In her autobiography, she presents her personal experience in her "evocative, plain-spoken prose."