U.S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is one of the most important and remarkable leading Women in current history. Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic federal judge in New York State, the first Puerto Rican woman to serve as a judge in a U.S federal court and the youngest judge in the Southern District of the U.S.
Justice Sotomayor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 with the highest academic honours Princeton University can give to a graduate. She began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office before going on to litigate international commercial matters at Pavia and Harcourt where she served as an associate and then became partner. In 1991, President Bush nominated her to the Southern District of New York. President Clinton then nominated her to a seat on the U.S District Court Appeals where she sat for just over 10 years until President Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a role she has assumed since August 8, 2009.
Sonia believes that each person has equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.This is a testaments to her kind, compassionate but fearless and effective serving of the justice system. With her dedication to the judicial process and fighting spirit, Justice Sotomayor has done extensive work especially for those who feel marginalised or under represented.
Her bronze bust was unveiled at the Bronx Terminal Market where the U.S Supreme Court Justice grew up and at home in the heart of her local community. Justice Sotomayor is an incredible inspiration and we hope that is memorialisation will go on to inspire every one in the community that comes by knowing she is a proud Bronx native and trailblazer.