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Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor is the newest member of the Supreme Court.  She was sworn into office on August 8, 2009.

Justice Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009.  Her nomination was widely lauded as historic since she is the first Hispanic justice to serve on the Court, and only the third female member of the Supreme Court. She was confirmed on August 6, 2009 by a vote of 68-31.

Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 in the Bronx, New York.  She attended Princeton University, then went to law school at Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Review.

After she received her law degree, Sotomayor went to work for New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau as an assistant district attorney.  She then went into private practice as a member of law firm Pavia & Harcourt's commercial litigation group where she handled a wide range of business cases.

In 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Sotomayor to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and she was confirmed in 1992.  Five years later, in 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated her for a position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  As a member of that court, Sotomayor authored roughly 380 opinions.

During her confirmation hearings, the Republican opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee made much of comments Sotomayor made in a speech suggesting that a "wise Latina" woman might reach better conclusions than a white male counterpart.  Republicans argued that Sotomayor's statement indicated that she would treat groups unequally as a Supreme Court Justice.

External Links

Clinton Presidential Library and Museum: FOIA 2009-1007-F  Sonia Sotomayor


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