NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the nation’s highest court needs more diversity in personal background and professional experience.

During a talk at Brooklyn Law School, Sotomayor didn’t mention Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination.

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President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was discovered dead at a West Texas ranch on Feb. 13.

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The court’s first Latina justice says she feels there’s  “a disadvantage” to having a court made up entirely of Ivy League graduates who are either Catholic or Jewish, several of them from New York. She notes that none specialized in criminal defense outside white-collar settings.

The court’s first Latina justice has said before the court could benefit from more diversity. Her remarks Friday come amid a nomination in unusual limbo.

Senate Republicans have said they won’t confirm anyone before the presidential election.

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