Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor
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Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Associate justice
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   68-31
Active:   8/6/2009-Present
Preceded by:   David Souter
Past post:   Second Circuit
Past term:   1998-2009
Past position:   Seat #13
Past post 2:   Southern District of New York
Past term 2:   1992-1998
Past position 2:   Seat #3
Personal History
Born:   6/25/1954
Hometown:   New York, NY (Bronx)
Undergraduate:   Princeton University, 1976
Law School:   Yale Law School, 1979

Sonia Sotomayor is the 111th associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the seat of the retiring David Souter. Judge Sotomayor was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 6, 2009, on a vote of 68 to 31.[1][2]

Sotomayor is only the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court (after Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and one of three current female Justices. Sotomayor has the distinction of serving as the first Hispanic justice.[3]

Judicial philosophy

Sotomayor has been described as both outspoken and "quite brash" on the bench, characteristics that could help her carve out a place on the nation's highest court.[4][5]

An article titled "Justice Sotomayor and the jurisprudence of procedural justice" in the Yale Law Journal describes Sotomayor's jurisprudence as "procedural justice," which is rooted in making fair decisions and writing high-quality opinions. The article makes this observation:

In her comments, Justice Sotomayor suggests that the long-term goals in making and explaining judicial decisions should be to build respect for the law as an important institution in our lives and to enable people to identify with democracy.[6][7]

Early life

Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, and both of her parents were born in Puerto Rico.[5][8][9]

Sotomayor graduated valedictorian from Cardinal Spellman High School, a private Catholic school in New York City, in 1972. At the time of her confirmation, Sotomayor was the sixth sitting Catholic on the court, alongside Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.[10][11][12]


Princeton University

Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in history in 1976. While at Princeton, she received the M. Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. Sotomayor wrote her senior thesis on "The Impact of the Life of Luis Muñoz Marin on the Political and Economic History of Puerto Rico, 1930-1975."[13][14][15][16]

Yale Law School

Upon graduating Princeton University, Sotomayor would attend Yale Law School, where she was awarded her J.D. degree in 1979. She co-chaired the Latin American and Native American Students Association and was published in the Yale Law Journal (where she served as an editor) with the note "Statehood and the Equal Footing Doctrine: The Case for Puerto Rican Seabed Rights" which, as the title suggests, analyzed issues regarding Puerto Rico's ability to maintain rights to its seabed if it pursued statehood.[17][18][19][5]

Professional career

  • 1988-1992: Partner
  • 1984-1987: Associate
  • 1983-1986: Solo practitioner, Sotomayor & Associates
  • 1979-1984: Assistant district attorney

Assistant district attorney

Sotomayor joined the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau in 1979. She served as an assistant district attorney from 1979 until entering private practice in 1984. Sotomayor's former colleague Nancy E. Gray said, "I think she wanted to make sure that her cases were solid and that she was dispensing justice before just locking someone up or putting them away, as opposed to being an overzealous prosecutor who believed that if you were arrested you were automatically guilty."[20][21]

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, New York County District Attorney Morgenthau recounted Assistant District Attorney Sotomayor's time in his office.[22]

During her confirmation hearing, Morgenthau described Sotomayor as: of the brightest and most mature, hard-working, standout who was marked for rapid advancement.[22] [7]

He also said:

Assistant District Attorney Sotomayor soon developed a reputation. Unlike many prosecutors, she simply would not be pushed around by judges or by attorneys. Some judges were eager to dispose of cases cheaply to clear their calendars. ADA Sotomayor instead fought for the right conclusion in each case.[22] [7]

Major cases as a prosecutor

  • Child pornography case where two men were convicted
  • First homicide prosecution of the "Tarzan Murderer"[23]
  • Conviction of one of three defendants in a housing project shooting[20][24]

Private practice

In 1984, Sotomayor left Morgenthau's office to enter private practice. She would spend the next eight years (1984 to 1992) as a civil attorney with the New York City law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From April 1984 to December 1987, Sotomayor was an associate with the firm, making partner in 1988.[25]

During her time in private practice, Sotomayor would also run a solo practice, Sotomayor & Associates, out of her Brooklyn apartment from 1983 to 1986. This did, in fact, overlap her time as an assistant district attorney by approximately one year. Little is know about Sotomayor & Associates other than what the judge herself answered in her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.[25] According to Sotomayor, the practice was an outlet to help "family and friends in their real estate, business and estate planning decisions."[26] Some questions were raised about Sotomayor's solo practice, such as: why she added the "& Associates" when she was practicing solo, why she never registered the business, whether or not she was compensated for her services while also drawing a check from New York County and the exact time frame of the practice, but there is no evidence that she did anything illegal or technically unethical.[26]

Sotomayor's private practice years would mark her last as an attorney as she joined the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a federal district judge in 1992.[17]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court opinions by year

Below is a table of the number of opinions, concurrences, dissents and splits (concur in part, dissent in part) that Sonia Sotomayor has issued since joining the Supreme Court according to the data on Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute.[27]

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Opinions 1 6 7 0 0
Concurrences 0 2 9 0 0
Dissents 0 4 7 3 1
Concur in part, Dissent in part 0 2 0 0 0
Totals 1 14 23 3 1

Notable cases

Supreme Court major cases by term

Nomination and confirmation

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Sonia Sotomayor
 Court:Supreme Court of the United States
 Progress:Confirmed 66 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:June 1, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:January 9-13, 2006
ApprovedAHearing Transcript:Hearing Transcript
ApprovedAReported:July 28, 2009 
ApprovedAConfirmed:August 6, 2009
 Vote: 68-31

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the seat of Justice David Souter. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of her confirmation on July 28, 2009, in a 13-6 vote with one Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham, voting in favor. Sotomayor was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 6, 2009, on a vote of 68-31.[1][29][30][31][32]

Sotomayor's confirmation hearings were considered to be something of a formality as Democrats had enough votes to circumvent any Republican attempts to block her confirmation.[33][34]

Sotomayor's name had initially emerged as a potential Supreme Court nominee in early February 2009 when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's diagnosis of early stage colon cancer was announced. When David Souter announced his retirement, Sotomayor's name went from "a contender" to one of the names considered to clearly be on Obama's short list for a nomination.[5][35][36]

Sotomayor joining the court was not expected to shift the ideological balance of power on the court, since she was considered a liberal jurist who was expected to fill the seat of another reliably liberal vote in David Souter. As the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Sotomayor made history with her confirmation on August 6, 2009. She was only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court at the time of her confirmation.[5][1]Time, "Sonia Sotomayor: A justice like no other," May 28, 2009</ref>[37]

Criticism of previous rulings

Conservative concerns

Sotomayor's most high-profile and controversial ruling prior to her Supreme Court appointment was the affirmative action case Ricci v. DeStefano. For more on this ruling, see Notable cases on the Second Circuit. This ruling led some conservative Republicans in the United States Senate to label Sotomayor as a judicial activist.[5][38][39][40][41][42][43]

Liberal concerns

Liberal groups expressed concerns of their own over Sotomayor's lack of strong rulings in support of liberal causes. Specifically, they have expressed concern over one ruling on abortion in Center for Reproductive Law and Policy v. Bush in which she ruled in favor of the Bush administration's right to deny federal aid to foreign organizations that support or provide abortions.[5][44]

Another ruling that liberals criticized was U.S. v. Falso, a child pornography case in which Sotomayor sided with police despite defense claims that Falso's Fourth Amendment rights were violated because the police did not have probable cause to search his home. Sotomayor applied a "good faith exception" noting that police had obtained a warrant based on prior bad acts and regular e-mails received from a child pornography website.[45][46]

CLICK HERE for Judge Sotomayor's confirmation materials from 2009.

Oath of office for the Supreme Court

Justice Sotomayor took the Constitutional and Judicial oaths of office on August 8, 2009, which were administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.[47]

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Sonia Sotomayor served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 until her confirmation as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2009.

Nomination and confirmation

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Sotomayor was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Bill Clinton on June 25, 1997, to a seat vacated by Daniel Mahoney. Again, Sotomayor fell victim to politics when her appointment was held up for nearly six months after a March 1998 approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans were concerned she would be President Clinton's choice as a Supreme Court justice. Sotomayor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 2, 1998, on a supermajority 67-29-2 vote, receiving her commission on October 7, 1998.[48][49]

A substantial majority of judicial evaluators at the American Bar Association ranked Sotomayor in 1997 as "well qualified" for a position on the federal appellate bench, while a minority of evaluators found her "qualified."[50]

In filling out her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, Sotomayor wrote that "judges must be extraordinarily sensitive to the impact of their decisions and function within, and respectful of, the Constitution."[21]

For Justice Sotomayor's Confirmation Materials from 1998, visit the Sotomayor Collection at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library at this link.

Notables cases on the Second Circuit

During more than a decade as a circuit court judge, Sotomayor heard appeals on more than 3,000 cases and wrote in excess of 380 opinions for the majority. She had five of those decisions reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, with three of them overturned and two upheld. A survey by University of Texas at Austin law professor Stefanie Lindquist found her judgeship to have been moderate with respect to political leanings. Lindquist studied her 226 majority opinions from 2001 to 2009 and found that 38 percent of her opinions could be clearly defined as liberal, while 49 percent of them fell clearly on the conservative end of the spectrum. She tended to be more conservative in criminal cases, where Supreme Court precedent encourages appellate judges to be pro-prosecution. On civil rights issues such as race, gender and immigration, on the other hand, Lindquist's study found that Sotomayor tended to be more liberal.[21][51][52]

Southern District of New York

Sonia Sotomayor served as a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1992 until rising to the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998.

Nomination and confirmation

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Sotomayor was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush on November 27, 1991, to a seat vacated by John Walker.

Her appointment was held up for nearly a year under the 'anonymous hold' loophole in the Senate confirmation process despite approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee and a "Qualified" rating by the American Bar Association. Sotomayor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992, with unanimous consent, receiving her commission on August 12, 1992. When she joined the court, she was its youngest judge.[64][65][66]

Notable cases

As a federal district judge, Sotomayor did not hear many controversial cases and kept a regularly low profile with regard to constitutional issues. She did gain notoriety after several high-profile rulings regarding the Major League Baseball strike of 1994, the Wall Street Journal's publishing of the controversial "suicide note" left by former Clinton White House counsel Vince Foster and copyright issues related to a trivia book about the television show Seinfeld. As a federal district judge, Sotomayor had one of her decisions overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States.


2005 Duke University panel

Court of Appeals policy-making comment

In a political slip of the tongue during a 2005 visit to Duke University, Sotomayor said that "a court of appeals is where policy is made." She was quick to qualify the remark when she said, "I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don't make law. OK. I know. I'm not promoting it. I'm not advocating it."[80] Sotomayor made it abundantly clear during her confirmation hearings that she did not want to be viewed as a judicial activist. In her opening statement, she declared her judicial philosophy to be "fidelity to the law." She said,

The task of a judge is not to make law. It is to apply the law."[7]

—Sonia Sotomayor[81]

2003 Indiana University speech

In a 2003 lecture before a criminal law class at the Indiana University School of Law, Sotomayor inadvertently defended the Bush Administration's right to hold enemy combatants to a different set of legal standards than American citizens.

So we have suspected enemy combatants detained in secret and given different process than criminals. One can certainly justify that type of detention under precedents and current law.[7]

—Sonia Sotomayor[82]

Sotomayor would go on to raise questions as to the limits of encroachment on the civil liberties of Americans in her speech, but she continued to limit her opinions to law and precedent.[83]

2001 UC Berkeley speech

In a 2001 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, Sotomayor acknowledged that a judge's gender and ethnic background "may and will make a difference in our judging." During her remarks, she said,

Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and a wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am also not sure that I agree with the statement ... I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.[7]

—Sonia Sotomayor[84]

Sotomayor's remarks came during a U.C. Berkeley School of Law symposium titled Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and Struggles for Representation.[5][43][80][85]

To read the full speech, see: UC Berkeley News, 2001 Speech: A Latina judge's voice.

Awards and associations

This list of awards and associations are as they appeared on the questionnaire that is issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of her nomination.


  • 2009: Mujeres Destacades Award
  • 2009: New York States Women of Excellence Award
  • 2007: Urban Health Plan Wall of Fame
  • 2007: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, Northeastern University
  • 2006: Outstanding Professional Leadership Award, Columbia Law School
  • 2006: Public Service Award, Latino Law Students Association, Yale Law School
  • 2005: John Carro Award for Judicial Excellence, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, Inc.
  • 2005: Latina of the Year, Judiciary Award, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • 2005: Judicial Intern Program Award, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • 2003: Myles A. Paige Award, Judicial Friends Foundation
  • 2003: Degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Pace Law School
  • 2002: Most Influential Latin American in the Law Award, Latin American Law Students Association, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • 2001: Degree of Juris Doctor Honoris Causa, Brooklyn Law School
  • 2001: Degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Princeton University
  • 2000: Aravella Babb Mansfield Award, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • 2000: The Charles W. Froessel Award, The New York Law School Law Review
  • 2000: Women's History Month Celebration Honor, Gender Bias Committee, 12th Judicial District, Unified Court System of the States of New York
  • 1999: Distinguished Lawyers Award, Lawyers College of Puerto Rico
  • 1999: Award for Life-Long Commitment, Dedication & Perseverance to Ensure Fairness and Equality in the Legal Profession, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
  • 1999: Lance Liebman Nice Guys/Gals Do Not Necessarily Finish Last Award, Center for Public Interest Law, Columbia Law School
  • 1999: Gertrude E. Rush Award, National Bar Association
  • 1999: 50 Outstanding Latinas of the Year Award, El Diario/La Prensa
  • 1999: Key to the City, City of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • 1998: Women in Leadership Award, The Cervantes Society
  • 1998: Achievement Award, Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
  • 1998: Certificate of Appreciation, Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center
  • 1998: Tribute to the Puerto Rican Woman Award, National Puerto Rican Day Parade
  • 1998: Graciela Olivarez Award, Hispanic Law Students Association, Notre Dame Law School
  • 1997: Certificate of Appreciation, United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Metropolitan Correctional Facility
  • 1996: Distinguished Woman in the Field of Jurisprudence Award, Secretary of State of Puerto Rico
  • 1996: Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement, Latino American Law Students Association
  • 1995: Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the People of New York County, Hogan-Morgenthau Association
  • 1994: Lifetime Achievement Award, National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc.
  • 1994: Certificate of Excellence, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, New York City Chapter
  • 1993: Excellence with a Heart Medal, Cardinal Spellman High School
  • 1993: Lifetime Achievement Award, Latino Law Student Division of the Hispanic National bar Association
  • 1993: Award for Commitment to the Preservation of Civil and Constitutional Rights for All Americans, Hispanic National Bar
  • 1993: Human Rights Award for Service to Humanity, Paralegal Studies Program of Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
  • 1993: Claude E. Hawley Medal for Scholarship and Service, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • 1993: Outstanding Hispanic Women Achievers Award, State of New York Governor's Office for Hispanic Affairs
  • 1993: Emilio Nunez Award for Judicial Service, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • 1992: Citation of Merit, Bronx Borough President


Bar associations

  • 2008-2009: Court Administration and Case Management, Criminal Justice Act Electronic Vouchers Working Group
  • 2008-2009: Member, Second Circuit Backlog Committee
  • 2008: Member, Senior Judge Governance Working Group
  • 2007-2008: Member, Eastern District of New York Merit Selection Committee for Bankruptcy Judges
  • 2007-2008: Member, Second Circuit Judicial Council Judicial Misconduct Subcommittee
  • 2006-Present: Member, Court Administration and Case Management(CACM) Subcommittee on Long Range Planning
  • 2006-Present: Member, CACM Subcommittee on the Implementation of the Electronic Case Management System
  • 2006-Present: Member, CACM Subcommittee on Legislative Review
  • 2006-Present: Chair, Second Circuit Judicial Council Library Committee
  • 2006-Present: Member, Second Circuit Judicial Council
  • 2006-2007: Member, Southern District of New York Merit Selection Committee for Bankruptcy Judges
  • 2005-Present: Member, CACM Subcommittee on Courtroom Usage
  • 2005-Present: Member/Chair, CACM Subcommittee on Libraries and Law Books
  • 2005-2008: Second Circuit Legal Affairs Committee
  • 2005: Member, CACM Subcommittee to Review Court Administration and Case Management Issues of the Ninth Circuit
  • 2005-Present: Member, Second Circuit Budget Committee
  • 2004-Present: Member, Second Circuit Clerk's Office and Case Management Committee
  • 2003-Present: Member, Second Circuit Executive Committee
  • 2000-Present: Member, National Association of Women Judges
  • 2000-2003: Member, Second Circuit Automation and Technology Committee
  • 1998-Present: Member, New York Women's Bar Association
  • 1998-Present: Member, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage
  • 1998-2005: Chair, Second Circuit CJA Vouchers, CJA, and Pro Bono Panels
  • 1998-2000: Member, Second Circuit Rules Committee
  • 1996-1998: Member, Southern District of New York Budget Committee
  • 1996-1998: Member, Southern District of New York Pro Se Committee
  • 1994-Present: Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • 1994-1998: Member, Public Service Committee of the Federal Bar Council
  • 1993-1998: Member, Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
  • 1993-1998: Member, Southern District of New York Rules of Practice and Procedure Committee
  • 1992-Present: Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • 1992-1998: Member, Southern District of New York Grievance Committee
  • 1980-Present: Member, American Bar Association

Other associations

  • 2008-Present: Member, Belizean Grove
  • 2007-Present: Trustee, Princeton
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Public Affairs Committee
  • Student Life, Health & Athletics Committee
  • 2002-Present: Member, American Philosophical Society
  • 2000-2001 Member of Selection Committee, Kirklan and Ellis New York Public Service Fellowship
  • 2000: Member, Fordham Self Study Committee
  • 1998-2004: Member, National Council of La Raza
  • 1998-2001: Member of Selection Committee, Root-Tilden-Snow Scholarship, New York University School of Law
  • 1994-1998: Member, Public Service Committee of the Federal Bar Council
  • 1994-1996: Member of Selection Committee, Root-Tilden-Snow Scholarship, New York University School of Law
  • 1990-1991: Member, New York States Advisory Panel for Inter-Group Relations
  • 1998-1995: Member, Summer Beach and Pool Club, Silver Gull Club, Inc.
  • 1988-1992: Member, Board of Directors, New York City Campaign Finance Board
  • 1988: Member, Selection Committee for the Stanley D. Heckman Educational Fund
  • 1987-1992: Member, States of New York Mortgage Agency
  • Board of Directors
  • Affirmative Action Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Mortgage Insurance Committee
  • 1985-1988: Member, Board of Directors, Maternity Center Association
  • 1980-1992: Various Roles, Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund

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External links


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David Souter
Supreme Court
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Daniel Mahoney
Second Circuit
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Raymond Lohier
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John Walker
Southern District of New York
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Victor Marrero