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Sonia Sotomayor

!Image of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor facing the camera in her black justice robes

Her Legacy :

Born on June 25th 1954, in the Bronx, New York, Sonia Sotomayor would grow up to become passionately involved with politics eventually the first Hispanic woman to serve on the high court and the 3rd women to ever be seated on the court. (She is currently a supreme court justice.)

At only 10 years old Sonia decided to become a legal attorney, and after graduating as valedictorian of after highschool - she went on to study at Princeton University and there earned a history degree. Sotomayor was also the co-chairman of a Puerto Rican student organization titled: Acción Puertorriqueña as well as a Latin American and Native American Students Association.

Notabley, she also also worked on and was sucessful in high profile cases like the Tarzan murder and her on copyright litigation intellectual property rights resulted in her making partner of a legal firm in 1988.

Sonia Sotomayor has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since October 1998 and became known widely for her cut throat attitude and kind heart while fighting for affirmative action programs, dissenting on majority ruling to allow race to dictate who was allowed education access, and most famously - saving Major League Baseball with a strike ending decision.

Resources for more information about Sonia Sotomayor:

Background on Judge Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor