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Justice Sotomayor smiling to the camera dressed in her robes

Sonia Sotomayor


“People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible.”― Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She thereafter served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she was an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. She then served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.

Books by this author

Picture of Sonia Sotomayor as a child and an adult

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Autobiography and Memoir