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Sonia Sotomayor


Sonia Sotomayor - Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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Biographical Details:

54 years old. Graduate of Princeton University (1976) summa cum laude, where she received the Pyne Prize, and Yale Law School (1979), where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Review. Lifelong Roman Catholic. Divorced, no children.

Career Background:

1979-1984: Assistant District Attorney in New York County.

1984-1992: Partner at Pavia & Harcourt, a New York City law firm.

1992-1998: Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Nominated by President George H.W. Bush.

1998-present: Judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nominated by President Bill Clinton. Received strong Republican support, most notably from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

2009: Nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, following the retirement of Justice David Souter.


President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor in May 2009. Early indications suggest, given the strong Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate and Sotomayor's history of strong bipartisan support, that she will be approved by a fairly wide margin.
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