Judge Sonia Sotomayor is set to become the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge

May 27th, 2009 - 7:55 pm ICT by GD  

Sonia Sotomayor In an historic move, President of America, Barrak Obama will soon nominate the first Hispanic for the post of a Supreme Court judge. Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic in the long history of the nation’s federal judicial structure to be elevated to the highest seat of law in the country. A 54 year old practising judge of the appeals court, Sonia Sotomayor, will break the barrier that separates the minorities from becoming a part of the Supreme Court of America, although they have proved their success and dedication at the lower courts for so long.

To take a look at the impressive career of Sonia, she has been a federal judge for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 1998. Previous to that, she was a federal judge for the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Both the posts were responsible and highly esteemed positions. From ‘79 to ‘84 she practised privately in New York.

For Sonia Sotomayor, this feat is nothing new though. She was also the first Hispanic federal judge in the state of New York. Her tenure in these responsible posts were without any controversy. She believes that her experience as a Latin woman would help her to reach a better and more impartial decision than a “white man” who has not faced half what she and her community have had to undergo. Sonia was born in New York in a Puerto Rican family. Her father was a manual laborer and her mother, a nurse. She has always been a fighter. At the age of eight she was diagnosed with diabetes but it did not stop her from excelling as a lawyer. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in ‘79 and subsequently received honorary degrees from Lehman College, Princeton, Brooklyn and Northeastern University.

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