Sonia Sotomayor, First Latino Supreme Court Justice in US History

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September 26, 2012 by chrystalferreira

Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in US history in 2009. Born to Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx, New York, decided what she wanted at an early age after watch and episode of Perry Mason. When Sotomayor was nine years old her father passed, forcing her mother to raise her children as a single mother. Her mother always enforced the importance of education and the benefits of being bilingual.

After highschool, Sotomayor attended Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude and went on to study at Yale Law School, passing the bar in 1980. Shortly after, she was an assistant for District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and served as a trial lawyer until 1984. Sotomayor was involved in the board of directors for Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Sate of New York Mortage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

In 1991, Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then in 1997 she was nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also taught at the NYU School of Law and Colombia Law School. Finally in 2009, Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court and confirmed by the Senate.

Sonia Sotomayor is an inspiration to Latino Youth because she represents that it is possible to make it in the political realm. I found out about Sotomayor through my mother, when I became interested in the studying law as a freshman in high school.  I want to pursue the same career as Sonia Sotomayor and know that it is possible coming from the same childhood. It was actually not difficult to find information on Sonia, because she has overcome so many challenges and broken barriers as well as stereotypes about Latina women in high professionalisms.




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