Sonia Sotomayor


A look at the life and work of the first Hispanic and third female justice of the United States Supreme Court

Born in Bronx, New York on June 25, 1954. Earned B.A. from Princeton University in 1976. Earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979. Served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. Litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt from 1984–1992. Served on the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1992–1998. Served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from August 8, 2009 - Present.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor Nominated to the Supreme Court
2nd Court of Appeals judge, Sonia Sotomayor, accepts her Supreme Court nomination by thanking her family, reflecting on her modest upbringing in The Bronx, New York, and highlighting her previous positions as an assistant district attorney and a federal district court trial judge as experiences that have readied her for the position of Supreme Court Judge.
Justice Sotomayor on the Federal Court System
Sotomayor talks about the job of a federal court judge, the function of the circuit courts, and how they reach consensus in order to pass court rulings.
Justice Sotomayor on Evolving as a Justice
Justice Sotomayor speaks at the Colorado Judicial Center about her process of continual development as a Supreme Court Justice through experience and hard work.
Justice Sotomayor on Disagreements on the Supreme Court
Justice Sotomayor talks about how respect and having the best interest of the country and its system of governance in mind allows for cohesion within the Supreme Court.
Justice Sotomayor on the Difficulty of Supreme Court Decisions
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, discusses the difficulty of making Supreme Court decisions and her awareness of the people and institutions effected by them.
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