Hispanic Heritage Month: Sonia Sotomayor

22 09 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15. It celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American Countries- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

This week it’s Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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 Who she is: She is the first Hispanic justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Brief bio: Sotomayor grew up in a housing project in the Bronx. Her parents were Puerto Rican and came to New York during World War II.

She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Princeton and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor an undergrad can get at Princeton. Sotomayor received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1979; while there, she served as the editor of the Yale University Law of Review and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order.

Sotomoayor also served as a prosecutor in New York Country District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984; she was also in private practice as an associate and partner at Pavia and Hartcourt in New York City from 1984 to 1992.

On November 27, 1991, she was nominated by George H.W. Bush to serve as a federal judge; she was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1992. On June 25, 1997, she was nominated for a seat for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, by President William J. Clinton, and she was confirmed by the Senate in October 1998.

Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law in 1998 and a lecturer at Columbia  Law School in 1999.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Hispanic Judges, Hispanic Bar Association, New York Women’s Bar Association and American Philosophical Society.

Source: womenshistory.about.com

Photo from: kska.com

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