Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, in The Bronx, New York. On August 6, 2009, Sotomayor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate
as the 111th Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
. Replacing retired Justice David Souter
, Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third female justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
Immediately prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor was serving as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, having appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. From 1991 to 1997, she served as a justice of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Sotomayor was nominated to the Court of Appeals in 1997 by President Bill Clinton and to the New York District Court in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. Sotomayor also maintained a small private law practice from 1983 to 1986.
Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976, earning a B.A. in history. In 1979, Sotomayor earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She has also been awarded honorary law degrees from Lehman College, Princeton University, Brooklyn Law School, Pace University School of Law, Hofstra University and Northeastern University School of Law. Sotomayor has taught at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.
Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed in a 68-31 vote
of the U.S. Senate on August 6, 2009.