Today in 1954 the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, New York. The scholarly Puerto Rican rose from humble beginnings to receive her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from Yale, where she served as the editor of the prestigious Yale Law Journal.
Sotomayor made history when in 2009 President Barack Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court. By a vote of 68-31 Sotomayor became the first Hispanic justice and only the third female justice to serve on the highest court in the land. Prior to being elevated to the Supreme Court she became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and in 1998 was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Latino community celebrates and takes great pride in all the accomplishments of Sotomayor, especially her work in defense of the Puerto Rican community. Sotomayor continues to make history with her rulings including upholding critical elements of the Affordable Care Act in 2015 and joining the majority vote to make same sex marriage legal in the country.
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