- NAME: Sonia Sotomayor
- OCCUPATION: Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice
- BIRTH DATE: June 25, 1954 (Age: 59)
- EDUCATION: Cardinal Spellman High School, Princeton University, Yale Law School, New York University, Columbia Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Bronx, New York
- Full Name: Sonia Maria Sotomayor
- AKA: Sonia Sotomayor
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in US history.
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She moved from associate to partner at Pavia & Harcourt in 1988. While she climbed the ladder at the firm, Sotomayor also served on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York City Campaign Finance Board,
and State of New York Mortgage Agency.
Her pro bono work at these agencies caught the attention of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who were partially responsible for Sotomayor's appointment as U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York City. President George H.W. Bush nominated her for the position in 1992, which was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992. When she joined the court, she was its youngest judge. On October 3, 1998, she was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President William Clinton. She was confirmed by a 68 to 28 vote of the U.S. Senate.
In addition to her work in the Court of Appeals, Sotomayor also began teaching adjunct law at New York University in 1998 and at Columbia Law School in 1999. She has also received honorary law degrees from Herbert H. Lehman College, Princeton University, and Brooklyn Law School. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Princeton.
On May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. The nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August of 2009 by a vote of 68 to 31. As a result Sotomayor, became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.
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