Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for March 27, 2012 A Justice Supreme, Sonia Sotomayor (Vol.3, Iss.4)
Justice Supreme Sonia Sotomayor
Since she was a young child Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayer understood the value and importance of an education. Growing up in the Broxdale housing projects with her Mom and brother Juan her mother worked full-time and went to-night school to become a nurse. The Sotomayer family owned the only complete set of encyclopedia’s in their
neighborhood. Education would be a gateway to success for Associate Justice Sotomayer. As a child she was influenced by “Perry Mason” the television show lawyer to become a student of the law and then a judge the ruler in the courtroom.
Sotomayor’s parents came to New York from Puerto Rico during World War II. Her father worked in a factory and didn’t speak English.
She was born in the Bronx and grew up in a public housing project, not too far from the stadium of her favorite team — the New York Yankees. Her father died when she was 9, leaving her mother to raise her and her younger brother on her own. Related: Sotomayor well-known in sports
Her mother, whom Sotomayor describes as her biggest inspiration, worked six days a week to care for her and her younger brother, and instilled in them the value of an education.
Sotomayor later graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and went on to attend Yale law school, where she was editor of the Yale Law Journal. She received her J.D. in 1979, and passed the bar in 1980. She immediately began work as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan borough of New York City, serving a trial lawyer under District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Sotomayor was responsible for prosecuting robberies, assaults, murders, police brutality and child pornography cases.
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.
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. http://www.biography.com/people/sonia-sotomayor-453906
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