25 Jun Happy Birthday Blog: Sonia Sotomayor
Born: June 25, 1954
The Bronx, New York, USA
Known for: First Latinx US Supreme Court Justice
Sotomayor graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979 where she was the editor of the Yale Law Journal.
She entered private practice in 1984 and while in private practice played active roles on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Sotomayor began to move up in the Justice system with her nomination to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated her for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While on the Second Circuit, she heard over 3,000 cases and wrote about 380 opinions. Alongside her judgeships, Sotomayor has also taught at NYU and Columbia School of Law.
She became the first Hispanic and Latina woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court when President Barack Obama nominated her in May 2009. Justice Sotomayor is usually associated with the liberal cohort of judges. In her opinions, she has been outspoken about reforming the criminal justice system, and ensuring the rights of defendants on the basis of gender, race, and ethnicity.
For her continued service to the United States and her work for reform in criminal justice, we wish Justice Sotomayor a very happy birthday!
Learn more about Justice Sotomayor here.