Sonia Maria Sotomayor Supreme Court Judge, Sonia María Sotomayor has arguably lived the American dream. She was born to a Puerto Rican family on June 25th, 1954, and grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx. Her father was a factory worker with a third-grade education, and died when Sotomayor was nine years old. Her mother raised Sotomayor while working as a nurse. Sotomayor graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She won a scholarship to Princeton University where she continued to excel, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. At Yale Law School, Judge Sotomayor served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and as managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. On August 6, 2009 Judge Sotomayor was confirmed by the United States Senate to become the first Hispanic Supreme Court Judge and only the third woman to serve on the Court. Judge Sotomayor took her seat in the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009.
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