Sonia Sotomayor

President Barack Obama nominated Justice Sotomayor in May 2009. She is the 111th justice, only the third female and the first Latina to hold the position. Born June 25, 1954 in the Bronx, New York City, Sotomayor lived in a single parent household due to her father’s death during her adolescence. Her career path appears as one who used public office to serve the needs of the less fortunate and similar background. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University, Sotomayor received her J.D from Yale’s Law School.

While attending school Sotomayor advocated the hiring of Latinos and served as an editor of the law journal for Yale before embarking on a career path that included serving as a New York district attorney. After her tenure Sotomayor eventually embarked on a journey that included a private practice in 1984, service on the board of directors for several groups including the New York Campaign Finance Board and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Eventually in 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and she was confirmed in 1992. Later President Bill Clinton nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1997 with her confirmation coming in 1998. Finally President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter and she was confirmed in August of 2009.