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Background on Judge Sonia Sotomayor


Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    May 26, 2009

Family members of Judge Sotomayor in attendance at today’s East Room announcement:

Celina Sotomayor (mother)
Omar Lopez (stepfather)
Juan Sotomayor (brother)
Tracey Sotomayor (sister-in-law)
Kylie Sotomayor (niece)
Conner and Corey Sotomayor (nephews)

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since October 1998. She has been hailed as «one of the ablest federal judges currently sitting» for her thoughtful opinions,i and as «a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity»ii for her ascent to the federal bench from an upbringing in a South Bronx housing project.

Her American story and three decade career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a distinguished graduate of two of America’s leading universities. She has been a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator. Before she was promoted to the Second Circuit by President Clinton, she was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush. She replaces Justice Souter as the only Justice with experience as a trial judge.

Judge Sotomayor served 11 years on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country, and has handed down decisions on a range of complex legal and constitutional issues. If confirmed, Sotomayor would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years. Judge Richard C. Wesley, a George W. Bush appointee to the Second Circuit, said «Sonia is an outstanding colleague with a keen legal mind. She brings a wealth of knowledge and hard work to all her endeavors on our court. It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve with her.»

In addition to her distinguished judicial service, Judge Sotomayor is a Lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School until 2007.

An American Story

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has lived the American dream. Born to a Puerto Rican family, she grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx. Her parents moved to New York during World War II – her mother served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps during the war. Her father, a factory worker with a third-grade education, died when Sotomayor was nine years old. Her mother, a nurse, then raised Sotomayor and her younger brother, Juan, now a physician in Syracuse. After her father’s death, Sotomayor turned to books for solace, and it was her new found love of Nancy Drew that inspired a love of reading and learning, a path that ultimately led her to the law.

Most importantly, at an early age, her mother instilled in Sotomayor and her brother a belief in the power of education. Driven by an indefatigable work ethic, and rising to the challenge of managing a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes, Sotomayor excelled in school. Sotomayor graduated as valedictorian of her class at Blessed Sacrament and at Cardinal Spellman High School in New York. She first heard about the Ivy League from her high school debate coach, Ken Moy, who attended Princeton University, and she soon followed in his footsteps after winning a scholarship.

At Princeton, she continued to excel, graduating summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. At Yale Law School, Judge Sotomayor served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and as managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. One of Sotomayor’s former Yale Law School classmates, Robert Klonoff (now Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School), remembers her intellectual toughness from law school: «She would stand up for herself and not be intimidated by anyone. » [Washington Post, 5/7/09]

A Champion of the Law

Over a distinguished career that spans three decades, Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system – yielding a depth of experience and a breadth of perspectives that will be invaluable – and is currently not represented — on our highest court. New York City District Attorney Morgenthau recently praised Sotomayor as an «able champion of the law» who would be «highly qualified for any position in which wisdom, intelligence, collegiality and good character could be assets.» [Wall Street Journal, 5/9/09]

A Fearless and Effective Prosecutor

Fresh out of Yale Law School, Judge Sotomayor became an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan in 1979, where she tried dozens of criminal cases over five years. Spending nearly every day in the court room, her prosecutorial work typically involved «street crimes,» such as murders and robberies, as well as child abuse, police misconduct, and fraud cases. Robert Morgenthau, the person who hired Judge Sotomayor, has described her as a «fearless and effective prosecutor.» [Wall Street Journal, 5/9/09] She was cocounsel in the «Tarzan Murderer» case, which convicted a murderer to 67 and ½ years to life in prison, and was sole counsel in a multiple-defendant case involving a Manhattan housing project shooting between rival family groups.

A Corporate Litigator

She entered private practice in 1984, becoming a partner in 1988 at the firm Pavia and Harcourt. She was a general civil litigator involved in all facets of commercial work including, real estate, employment, banking, contracts, and agency law. In addition, her practice had a significant concentration in intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright and unfair competition issues. Her typical clients were significant corporations doing international business. The managing partner who hired her, George Pavia, remembers being instantly impressed with the young Sonia Sotomayor when he hired her in 1984, noting that «she was just ideal for us in terms of her background and training. » [Washington Post, May 7, 2009]

A Sharp and Fearless Trial Judge

Her judicial service began in October 1992 with her appointment to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush. Still in her 30s, she was the youngest member of the court. From 1992 to 1998, she presided over roughly 450 cases. As a trial judge, she earned a reputation as a sharp and fearless jurist who does not let powerful interests bully her into departing from the rule of law. In 1995, for example, she issued an injunction against Major League Baseball owners, effectively ending a baseball strike that had become the longest work stoppage in professional sports history and had caused the cancellation of the World Series the previous fall. She was widely lauded for saving baseball. Claude Lewis of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that by saving the season, Judge Sotomayor joined «the ranks of Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams. «

A Tough, Fair and Thoughtful Jurist

President Clinton appointed Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998. She is the first Latina to serve on that court, and has participated in over 3000 panel decisions, authoring roughly 400 published opinions. Sitting on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has tackled a range of questions: from difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations. In this context, Sotomayor is widely admired as a judge with a sophisticated grasp of legal doctrine. «’She appreciates the complexity of issues,’ said Stephen L. Carter, a Yale professor who teaches some of her opinions in his classes. Confronted with a tough case, Carter said, ‘she doesn’t leap at its throat but reasons to get to the bottom of issues.’» For example, in United States v. Quattrone, Judge Sotomayor concluded that the trial judge had erred by forbidding the release of jurors’ names to the press, concluding after carefully weighing the competing concerns that the trial judge’s concerns for a speedy and orderly trial must give way to the constitutional freedoms of speech and the press.

Sotomayor also has keen awareness of the law’s impact on everyday life. Active in oral arguments, she works tirelessly to probe both the factual details and the legal doctrines in the cases before her and to arrive at decisions that are faithful to both. She understands that upholding the rule of law means going beyond legal theory to ensure consistent, fair, common-sense application of the law to real-world facts. For example, In United States v. Reimer, Judge Sotomayor wrote an opinion revoking the US citizenship for a man charged with working for the Nazis in World War II Poland, guarding concentration camps and helping empty the Jewish ghettos. And in Lin v. Gonzales and a series of similar cases, she ordered renewed consideration of the asylum claims of Chinese women who experienced or were threatened with forced birth control, evincing in her opinions a keen awareness of those women’s plights.

Judge Sotomayor’s appreciation of the real-world implications of judicial rulings is paralleled by her sensible practicality in evaluating the actions of law enforcement officers. For example, in United States v. Falso, the defendant was convicted of possessing child pornography after FBI agents searched his home with a warrant. The warrant should not have been issued, but the agents did not know that, and Judge Sotomayor wrote for the court that the officers’ good faith justified using the evidence they found. Similarly in United States v. Santa, Judge Sotomayor ruled that when police search a suspect based on a mistaken belief that there is a valid arrest warrant out on him, evidence found during the search should not be suppressed. Ten years later, in Herring v. United States, the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion. In her 1997 confirmation hearing, Sotomayor spoke of her judicial philosophy, saying» I don’t believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.» Her record on the Second Circuit holds true to that statement. For example, in Hankins v. Lyght, she argued in dissent that the federal government risks «an unconstitutional trespass» if it attempts to dictate to religious organizations who they can or cannot hire or dismiss as spiritual leaders. Since joining the Second Circuit, Sotomayor has honored the Constitution, the rule of law, and justice, often forging consensus and winning conservative colleagues to her point of view.

A Commitment to Community

Judge Sotomayor is deeply committed to her family, to her co-workers, and to her community. Judge Sotomayor is a doting aunt to her brother Juan’s three children and an attentive godmother to five more. She still speaks to her mother, who now lives in Florida, every day. At the courthouse, Judge Sotomayor helped found the collegiality committee to foster stronger personal relationships among members of the court. Seizing an opportunity to lead others on the path to success, she recruited judges to join her in inviting young women to the courthouse on Take Your Daughter to Work Day, and mentors young students from troubled neighborhoods Her favorite project, however, is the Development School for Youth program, which sponsors workshops for inner city high school students. Every semester, approximately 70 students attend 16 weekly workshops that are designed to teach them how to function in a work setting. The workshop leaders include investment bankers, corporate executives and Judge Sotomayor, who conducts a workshop on the law for 25 to 35 students. She uses as her vehicle the trial of Goldilocks and recruits six lawyers to help her. The students play various roles, including the parts of the prosecutor, the defense attorney, Goldilocks and the jurors, and in the process they get to experience openings, closings, direct and cross-examinations. In addition to the workshop experience, each student is offered a summer job by one of the corporate sponsors. The experience is rewarding for the lawyers and exciting for the students, commented Judge Sotomayor, as «it opens up possibilities that the students never dreamed of before.» [Federal Bar Council News, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2005, p.20] This is one of many ways that Judge Sotomayor gives back to her community and inspires young people to achieve their dreams.

She has served as a member of the Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and was formerly on the Boards of Directors of the New York Mortgage Agency, the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.


i American Philosophical Society, Biographical Essays of Moderators, Speakers, Inductees and Award Recipients, Annual General Meeting, April 2003, at 36.

ii Honorary Degree Citation, Pace University School of Law, 2003 Commencement.


Current Members

Current Members

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States,
was born in Buffalo, New York, January 27, 1955. He married Jane Marie Sullivan in 1996 and they have two children — Josephine and Jack. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. He served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979–1980 and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 Term. He was Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981–1982, Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office from 1982–1986, and Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1989–1993. From 1986–1989 and 1993–2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, and he took his seat September 29, 2005.

Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice,
was born in the Pinpoint community near Savannah, Georgia on June 23, 1948. He attended Conception Seminary from
1967-1968 and received an A. B., cum laude, from College of the Holy Cross in 1971 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General
of Missouri, 1974-1977; an attorney with the Monsanto Company, 1977-1979; and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth, 1979-1981. From 1981–1982 he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S.
Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1982-1990. From 1990–1991, he served as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and he took his seat October 23, 1991. He married Virginia Lamp on May 30, 1987 and has one child, Jamal Adeen by a previous marriage.

Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice,
was born in Trenton, New Jersey, April 1, 1950. He married Martha-Ann Bomgardner in 1985, and has two children — Philip and Laura. He served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977–1981, Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981–1985, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985–1987, and U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987–1990. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat January 31, 2006.

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice,

was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of
Phi Beta Kappa and receiving the Pyne Prize, the highest academic honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from
Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District
Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she
served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit where she served from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice,
was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960. She received
an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After
briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law
School. She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President
for Domestic Policy. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General
of the United States. A year later, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August
7, 2010.

Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice,
was born in Denver, Colorado, August 29, 1967. He and his
wife Louise have two daughters. He received a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He served
as a law clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a law clerk to Justice Byron
White and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1995–2005, he was in private practice, and from 2005–2006 he
was Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth
Circuit in 2006. He served on the Standing Committee on Rules for Practice and Procedure of the U. S. Judicial Conference, and as chairman of the Advisory
Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. He taught at the University of Colorado Law School. President Donald J. Trump nominated him as an Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on April 10, 2017.

Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice,
was born in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 1965. He
married Ashley Estes in 2004, and they have two daughters — Margaret and Liza. He received a B.A. from Yale College in 1987 and a J.D. from Yale Law School
in 1990. He served as a law clerk for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1990-1991, for Judge Alex Kozinski of
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1991-1992, and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1993 Term. In 1992-1993,
he was an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. From 1994 to 1997 and for a period in 1998, he was Associate Counsel in the
Office of Independent Counsel. He was a partner at a Washington, D.C., law firm from 1997 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was
Associate Counsel and then Senior Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. From 2003 to 2006, he was Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary
for President Bush. He was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006. President Donald J. Trump
nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on October 6, 2018.

Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice,

was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 28, 1972. She married Jesse M. Barrett in 1999, and they have seven children — Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter,
Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin. She received a B.A. from Rhodes College in 1994 and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She served as a law clerk for
Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1997 to 1998, and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the
United States during the 1998 Term. After two years in private law practice in Washington, D.C., she became a law professor, joining the faculty of Notre
Dame Law School in 2002. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. President Donald J. Trump
nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat on October 27, 2020.

Ketanji Brown Jackson, Associate Justice,

was born in Washington, D. C., on September 14, 1970. She married Patrick Jackson in 1996, and they have two daughters. She received an A.B., magna cum laude,
from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1992, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1996. She served as a law clerk for Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S.
District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1996 to 1997, Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1997 to 1998,
and Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1999 Term. After three years in private practice, she worked as an attorney
at the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007, she served as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C., and from 2007
to 2010, she was in private practice. She served as a Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U. S. Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014. In 2012, President
Barack Obama nominated her to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where she served from 2013 to 2021. She was appointed to the Defender
Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States in 2017, and the Supreme Court Fellows Commission in 2019. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,
appointed her to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2021 and then nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court in 2022. She took her seat on June 30, 2022.


Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), Associate Justice,
was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. She married John Jay O’Connor III in 1952 and has three sons — Scott,
Brian, and Jay. She received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California from 1952–1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market
Center, Frankfurt, Germany from 1954–1957. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona
State Senate in1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals.
President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.

Anthony M. Kennedy (Retired), Associate Justice,
was born in Sacramento, California, July 23, 1936. He married Mary Davis and has three children. He received his B.A. from Stanford University
and the London School of Economics, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1961–1963, as well as in Sacramento, California from 1963–1975. From
1965 to 1988, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He has served in numerous positions during his career, including a member of the California Army National
Guard in 1961, the board of the Federal Judicial Center from 1987–1988, and two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities,
subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, from 1979–1987, and the Committee on Pacific Territories from 1979–1990, which he chaired from 1982–1990. He was appointed to the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat February 18, 1988.
Justice Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court on July 31, 2018.

David H. Souter (Retired), Associate Justice,
was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, September 17, 1939. He graduated from Harvard College, from which he received
his A.B. After two years as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he received an A.B. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and an M.A. in 1963. After receiving an LL.B. from Harvard Law School, he was an
associate at Orr and Reno in Concord, New Hampshire from 1966 to 1968, when he became an Assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire. In 1971, he became Deputy Attorney General and in 1976, Attorney General of New Hampshire. In 1978, he
was named an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire, and was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Hampshire as an Associate Justice in 1983. He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit on May 25, 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 9, 1990. Justice Souter retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2009.

Stephen G. Breyer (Retired), Associate Justice,
was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1938. He married Joanna Hare in 1967, and has three children — Chloe, Nell, and Michael.
He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during
the 1964 Term, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U. S. Attorney General for Antitrust, 1965–1967, as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973, as Special Counsel
of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1974–1975, and as Chief Counsel of the committee, 1979–1980. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967–1994, a Professor
at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977–1980, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome. From 1980–1990, he served as
a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990–1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990–1994, and of the United
States Sentencing Commission, 1985–1989. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994. Justice Breyer retired from the Supreme Court on June 30, 2022.

90,000 biography: Sonya Sotomayor

Biography >> Women leaders
Sonya Sotomayor
Steve Pettuay

  • Lesson: Judge
  • Born: June 25, 1954 in New York, New York.
  • Best known for: To be the first Hispanic and Latino member of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Where did Sonia Sotomayor grow up?

Sonia Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954 in the New York area of ​​the Bronx. Her parents, Juan and Selina, were both born in Puerto Rico but only met after they immigrated to New York. Her mother worked as a nurse and her father was a tool and tool maker.

Sonya’s childhood was not easy. At the age of seven, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. From that day on, she had to give herself regular insulin injections. At the age of nine, her father died of a heart attack. It was during these difficult times that Sonya’s grandmother gave her a sense of «protection and purpose».


Despite many childhood difficulties, Sonya was an excellent student. In 1972, she completed her high school graduation and received a full scholarship to Princeton University. Sonia graduated from Princeton with a degree in history in 1976. In her senior year, she received the Pyne Honor Prize, considered «the highest overall award given to a student» at Princeton.

After Princeton, Sotomayor entered Yale Law School. At Yale University, she served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. She also advocated for more Hispanic faculty at the school. She graduated at 1979 and passed the New York bar exam in 1980 to become a registered lawyer.

President Barack Obama Talks to Judge Sonia Sotomayor
Pete Souza Early Career

Sotomayor’s first job outside of school was as an assistant district attorney in New York. As an assistant district attorney, she worked with the police to prosecute criminals. Over the next few years, Sotomayor worked hard and participated in all kinds of criminal trials.

In 1984, Sotomayor joined a law firm in Manhattan. In this position, she worked as a business lawyer dealing with corporate matters such as intellectual property and international law. She was a successful lawyer and became a partner in the firm in 1988.

Become a judge

Sotomayor’s longtime career dream was to become a judge. In 1991, she finally had that opportunity when she was appointed to the U.S. District Court by President George W. Bush. She quickly developed a reputation as a judge who was well prepared and focused «only on the facts».

In one of his most famous rulings, Sotomayor banned Major League Baseball from using replacement players during the 1994-95 baseball strike. This effectively ended the strike, much to the delight of baseball fans.

In 1997, Sotomayor was appointed to the US Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton. She served at the Court of Appeal for just over 10 years and heard appeals in over 3,000 cases.

Appointment of the Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice David Souter retired in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Sotomayor to the position. Her candidacy was approved by the Senate, and on August 8, 2009, she became a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. At the time, she was the first Hispanic and Latino member of the court. She was also the third woman to become a Supreme Court judge.

Work on the US Supreme Court

As a Justice of the Supreme Court, Sotomayor is considered a member of the liberal bloc of judges. She is known for being an active supporter of the rights of the accused. She participated in many important decisions, including J.D.B. v. North Carolina , USA v. Alvarez , and Arizona v. United States .

Four women who served on the US Supreme Court.
Left to Right: Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan

Steve Pettway Fun Facts About Sonia Sotomayor

  • Growing up in the Bronx, she became a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees.
  • She was married to Kevin Noonan for seven years.
  • She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019.
  • She was the first Puerto Rican woman to serve as a judge on a US federal court.
  • Her middle name is Maria.
  • She had to take a pay cut when she first became a judge.
  • She has appeared twice on a children’s TV show. Sesame Street.


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Parents, coito sa from Puerto Rico, carried themselves separately from the island. In the extreme estimation of those who are the sister-in-law and the bridegroom in time for the Second World War in the SASH. Chelina serve in the war as a member of the Women’s Army Corps. The trace of the war cha intends to work as a cato telephone operator, and the trace is a practical and practical nurse. From a friend of the country, teaching at Juan Sr. did not fail a trace of a third class. You can’t speak English and use your stomach to work as a tool and a dying worker.

Cato dete Sotomayor lived in Puerto Rican communities in the South Bronx and the East Bronx. She had gone to a catholic house and, in a familiar way, she identified cato «Nuyorican», a haven on the terminus «New York» and «Puerto Rica». The family originally settled in a housing estate in the South Bronx, and in 1957, all properties are a well-maintained, racially and ethnically mixed, housing project for Bronxdale Houses from the housing class in Soundview.

Dokato cha beshe exemplary student of Prez Celia si academic stomach, cha imache different problems at home si. Bascha and beshe is an alcoholic, and T-shirt and beshe is emotionally distant. In onesi years, the only ones are grown up, with someone imache close to you, beshe baba th. For sure, Sotomayor, say that the woman beat the source for “protection and integrity” for her. At the age of 7, I figured out that I had type 1 diabetes and had died and had to take injections with insulin.

You ruin your basha si, kogato beshe for a devet year. T-shirt and stay far away prez tseliya si young belly and vrazkata between tyah nyamashe and behold, do not fit into the sight of age. In spite of Comrade Selina, she drank her debts as a self-sufficient parent and sat on her bed. You appreciate a lot of education and get the Encyclopædia Britannica for a tenth of a si, something, something, something in the Togawa housing project.

Sotomayor declare that T-shirt ye beat nai-golyamoto inspiration in the stomach th. You are more influenced by the misguided heroine Nancy Drew. You are interested and become a watcher, watch the television series on CBS «Peri Meisn».

Smartt’s track on Bascha Sea Sotomayor put extra effort and speak English. You attended a school for the blessings of the sacrament, some a gymnasium in Soundview, and a better valedictorian with an almost perfect attendance record. She is a student at Cardinal Spelman High School in the Bronx, part of the forensics team and elected to represent the student government. Prez 1972, the school completed the kato valedictoria gymnasium.

Stomach in collage and wounded activist

Sonya Sotomayor enrolled at Princeton University on a full scholarship in 1972. Recognizing that she received admission in part for the sake of her brother’s academic preparation and the party for the sake of affirmative action, something of a compensator, why standardize the results from the test is not very good kind, caustically theses for other candidates, approve the actions of the schyaha and become one from the most important, ask for her in time for her career.

Take a month in Princeton to fight for assimilation. Imasha has a significant cultural shock, ty kato Prinsten imashe herself is not a bit of a student. They are throwing at Latin American students beshe dori a little from tova. You have problems with writing and vocabulary and do not have enough knowledge of the classics. This kind of work is intensified, precarvayki for sentries to the librarian and do it with the professor, give some help to the damn thing.

Tova more time, some political opinions are still developing. You have been elected Co-Chairman of the Acción Puertorriqueña, a student organization, dedicated to citizenship, united and healthy Puerto Rican community with a strong cultural identity on the Princeton campus.

You are leading the movement, somehow bringing the Latin American faculty to Princeton. Sotomayor was active and out of school. You help with the program for the trace school for the local children and serve as a translator for Hispanic patients at the mental hospital in Trentan.

Present 1976 Sotomayor completed a special award from Princeton and presenter for 1976 all enrollment in the board of directors at Yale, again on scholarship. For the difference from Princeton, you don’t have problems and you adapt your belly to Yale. Vsshchnost cha protsjftyavashe. So far, you are not mad at the stars on your sentry, you have good grades and are very active on campus. Heavily chairing the group for students from Latin, Asian and Indian origin and continuing and all the heading for the Spanish faculty.

Sotomayor hiring parvata si work as a trainee in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Warton and Harrison, a well-known lawyer’s office in New York, a trace of the second year of this year. The execution of that there, by its own admission, is not particularly good, and it is not more likely that a position was offered to her on a working day. Ty tsitira tova prezhivyavane kato «ritnik in zbite». Prez 1979, J. J. from Yale and the year was happily joining the Bar in New York.

Right career

Exactly right school, prez 1979 d. Sonya Sotomayor hired to work for Assistant District Attorney at New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. The reaction to the appointment of th from neynat community is more contradictory, somehow and emotions in her. Tryabvashe and overcome the presence of shyness and yes, save enough courage, for yes, it’s wasted in the rough quarters, for the witnesses are drunk.

Before 1983, you played an important role for being convicted on «Tarzan Killer», who achieved fame in the beginning in the 80s for acrobatic licking in the apartment on Horata and for robbing and shooting at the inhabitant.

Since 1984, you have become a member of the trade food practice group, named Pavia & Harcourt. Contrary to her, she didn’t have experience in civil disputes, she taught me to work, ty kato firmat and I crawled widely. She has participated in visible roles for the public service.

Contrary to none, a single political party, which is also registered as an independent, heavily borrowed, very important position in the government of the nation, including one from the founder of the New York City Council for funding the campaign from 1988 until 1992. Between 1980 and 1992 she was a senior director at the Foundation for the Defense and Education of Rights in Puerto Rica.

Career of the federal regional council

Dokato impress powers on Sotomayor long time ago I am a Belyaza woman of the federal regional council, politically centrist and vilified were reproached on the two countries and I was distorted. Change it all, once the Democratic Senator for New York, Daniel Patrick Monihan, I reproach for the post.

Subsequently heavily nominated on 27 November 19’91 for the American District District Assembly for the Southern District of New York from President George W. Bush and voted with unanimous consent to the Senate for the UAS on August 11, 1992.

The mandate for Sotomayor for the encirclement of the district is extremely unproblematic. You have demonstrated that there is no oppression, and by running the government and receiving high marks from the liberal groups from the public interest, until other groups are confused for the centrist.

Kato’s career at Apelativnia

Following the kato beche nominated by President Bill Klint for the locality in the Appeal for the UAS for the Second Veriga on June 25, 1997, tya natakna on a firm opposition to the Republican plurality in the Senate, t y kato te värvaha, che Klintyan ima planned prevrne vvv vrkhoven sjd in time for the presidential mandate. In the last estimate, it was later confirmed on October 2, 1998.

For the past decade, it has served the second time of the veriga, in front of the institution over 3000 cases and has written about 380 opinions, sometimes in the middle of the world. Say this for various important questions, such as abortion, the right to the first, second and fourth change, alcohol in trade, discrimination in zaetost, civil rights and property rights.

Career kato vrkhovniya sd

Traces of kato barack obama stan 44th President of the Commonwealth, Sotomayor is seriously serious and all razglyadja for the locality in vvv vvvvniya sd. You are better nominated by the President on May 26, 2009. Dokato nominee and better acceptance from Democrats and Liberals, you are right to criticize the Republican and Conservative countries.

Desni Desni Personalities like Rush Limbo and Nyt Gingrich I’m a “racist”, that’s why I’m calling for a comment, someone send you to a lecture on the law for Barkley Prez 2001, when you say: “Behold, what a wise Latina wife with wealth for living, and in honor of the biha, they caught up to a good conclusion from the husband, who didn’t live on his stomach. »

Tya beshe potvvardena from pjlnia Senate since 68-31 on August 6, 2009 On 8 September beshe, a ceremony was organized to officially welcome and invest in Sada.

This is the administrator’s slander against Vice President Joe Biden for taking up his second mandate on January 20 and 21, 2013. It’s a difficult quarter to go to the Supreme Court, which is the difference.

Main solutions vvv Varkhovnia sd

Sonya Sotomayor gradually outlined the cato-liberalnia voice of Vvarkhovnia sid on SASH in a new story. The country invariably retreated from the progressive country in its decisions. Tova does not always mean that there were no exceptions. Demonstrating individuality, I agree with Ruth Bader Ginsburg I will cross fellow liberals Steven Breyer and Elena Kagan on the question of constitutionality on the Law for Health and Wellness on Obama crawling on the poor and the disabled.

Other solutions including 2011 J.D.B. I’ll cross Severn Carolina, then decide what age is appropriate when determining the police arrest for targeting Miranda; Combine the squares between Alvarez from 2012, as a result of which the Law for Rewarding Valor is repealed in some way; and Arizona cross SAS prez 2012, which is powerless some of the characteristics of the law for illegal immigration to Arizona SB 1070.


Prez 2016 Sonia Sotomayor receive Spanish Heritage Leadership Award.

You are the 9th Anniversary Award for Worldly Achievement Award at the DVF Prez 2018.

Personal belly and inheritance

Sonya Sotomayor here you go for your gymnasium sladur Kevin Edward Noonan on August 14, 1976 in the paraklis at St.

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