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The Latest: Gorsuch hears about travel ban at conference

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch's appearance at a judicial conference in San Francisco (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, can't escape discussion of the president's travel ban during an appearance at a judicial conference in San Francisco.

With Gorsuch seated next to her, an Alaska high school student read her winning essay Monday about Japanese internment at the 9th Circuit courts' conference.

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Tafs compared the treatment of Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks to that of Japanese Americans during World War II. She cited the Trump's travel ban as an example of what she said was ethnic profiling.

Gorsuch was among three justices who argued in June in favor of completely reinstating the ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

Gorsuch shook Tafs' hand after her speech.

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3 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch says judges listen to each other and welcome different ideas when reaching decisions, and that's a good lesson for the other branches of government.

Gorsuch spoke on a panel on Monday at the 9th Circuit courts' judicial conference in San Francisco. The panel focused on educating Americans about their system of government.

Asked what he would like people to know about the judiciary, Gorsuch pointed out that the vast majority of legal disputes are resolved at the district court level and the U.S. Supreme Court often rules unanimously.

Gorsuch was a late fill-in at the conference for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gorsuch is scheduled to speak to new U.S. citizens later in the day.

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11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump's pick to the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, is scheduled to welcome new U.S. citizens at a federal judicial conference in San Francisco.

A district court judge in Alaska will swear in the immigrants Monday at a naturalization ceremony at the annual meeting of the 9th Circuit courts. Ninth Circuit spokesman David Madden says Gorsuch will then speak to the new citizens.

The justice was a late fill-in for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who canceled his trip to the conference after his wife fractured her hip in Austria.

Gorsuch's visit comes as the Trump administration asks court to again weigh in on its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. Gorsuch was among three justices who said in June that the ban should be completely reinstated pending arguments before the high court.

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