Sonia Sotomayor

Belem Gonzalez

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Early Life

  • Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25 1954 in New York City.
  • Sonia's parents Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor, from Puerto Rico moved to New York for a better life.
  • Sonia decided she wanted to become a judge when she watched the show Perry Mason.
  • Her dad died when she was 9 and her mother raised Sonia and her younger siblings as a single parent and pushed them to have a good education

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Career

Sotomayor was nominated for


  • Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush
  • Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Bill Clinton.
  • Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama.
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • Nominated by George H.W. Bush
  • Became the youngest judge the southern Disctict.
  • First Hispanic judge in the southern District.
  • She kept a low profile as a district court judge.
  • She gained a reputation for having though sentencing and well prepared.
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • Nominated by President Bill Clinton.
  • She was in the Second circuit for over 10 years.
  • She heard appeals for around 3000 cases.
  • She wrote about 380 opinions.
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Supreme Court Justice

  • First Latina Supreme Court Justice

  • Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 26 2009 and was confirmed in August 2009 by the US Senate.

  • Her first vote as an associate Supreme Court Justice on August 17,2009.

  • One of the strongest voices in supporting the rights of the accused.

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Additional Information

  • She entered Princeton University on a full scholarship.
  • She married her high school boyfriend, Kevin Edward Noonan and took the marriage name Sonia Sotomayor de Noonan.
  • She divorced Noonan sever years later.
  • She entered Yale law school on a full scholarship.
  • She wrote book called "My Beloved World".
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Famous Quotes

  • When everyone at school is speaking one language, and a lot of your classmates' parents also speak it, and you go home and see that your community is different -there is a sense of shame attached to that. It really takes growing up to treasure the specialness of being different.
  • If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what's important to them.
  • I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.

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Fun Facts

  • She was born in the same year as brown v. board of education.
  • She “leaned in” during the nomination process

  • She enjoyed Nancy Drew books when she was younger.

  • At the age of 8, Sotomayor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

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Why i choose this historical figure

I choose Sonia Sotomayor because i admire her and her acomplishments
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