1st Latina Supreme Court Justice

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September 26, 2012 by jmendez14

Sonia Sotomayor became the third female and the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. She was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She was born to Puerto Rican parents. Her dad was a factory worker with a third grade education and her mom was a nurse. Her mother raised her by herself after Sonia’s father died when she was nine.  She graduated number one in her class in high school and received a scholarship to Princeton where she graduated summa cum laude. While at Princeton she received highest honor Princeton gives to an undergrad, the M. Taylor Pyne Prize. She continued at Yale Law, where she was the editor of the Yale Law Journal.

After finishing law school, Sotomayor went into public service. She was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan for five years. She helped put some of the monstrous criminals in prison and has done well in high profile cases. She then entered private practice. In 1992 she reentered into public service; President H.W. Bush appointed Sotomayor to the District Court of the Southern District of New York. President Clinton would continue to appoint her to the 2nd Circuit. In 1995, Sotomayor saved American baseball. She ended the baseball strike of ’95. She ruled in favor of the baseball players who were against baseball team owners. She has mentored young students and her main project is Development for Youth. Development for Youth sponsors workshops for inner-city high school students. The workshops are designed to teach the students how to function in a work setting.

In May of 2009, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the first Latino to be nominated and appointed. She was confirmed by the Senate in August of that same year. It was a historic moment for Latinos everywhere that a Latino was appointed to a lifetime position.

Sonia Sotomayor has been known for the past couple decades and her popularity increased when she was a nominee for the Supreme Court so it was not difficult to find information relating to Sotomayor.



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