Justice Sonia Sotomayor
(1954 -) Considered by many to personify the American dream, Sonia Sotomayor rose from the housing projects in New York to become the first Hispanic, and third woman, on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor, whose father died when she was 9, developed a great love for education, graduating summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976. At Yale Law School, she served as an editor at the Yale Law Journal, receiving her law degree in 1979. Sotomayor spent a period of time working for the Manhattan district attorney and in private practice commercial law.
During her varied legal career, she served as a federal prosecutor, a commercial litigator and federal trial judge. Sotomayor was also appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit during President Clinton's administration. President Obama appointed Justice Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009, and she continues to serve as an Associate Justice today.
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