Legal Masterminds Current U.S. Supreme Justices
This post is the eighth in a series about current U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
Justice Sotamayor was President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court appointment. She is the Court's third female justice, and first Hispanic justice.
She was nominated in May of 2009 to replace Justice Souter. Her nomination was confirmed by a vote of 68-31.
Sonia Maria Sotomayor (born June 25, 1954)
Sotamayor was born and raised in New York City. She attended Princeton University on a full scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude.
She then earned her law degree from Yale Law School. She worked as both an assistant district attorney and in private practice, before becoming a judge.
In 1991 she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and later received the unanimous consent of the full U.S. Senate. She was the youngest judge in the circuit, and the first Hispanic judge in the state.
In 1997, President Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After some political delays during her confirmation process, she was eventually confirmed by a vote of 67-29.
She is only the second judge to be nominated to three different positions by three different presidents.
During her first year as a Supreme Court justice, she voted in agreement with Justices Ginsburg and Breyer 90% of the time, one of the highest agreement rates on the Court. She has published articles and given speeches on issues related to gender, ethnicity, and Puerto Rican land rights.
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