Great news today for the Hispanic Community in the United States. Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by President Obama to serve as justice of the Supreme Court. For the first time ever, a person of hispanic descent has a chance to occupy a post in the highest court in the U.S. She would also be the third woman to serve (Sandra Day O’Connor, who has retired, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is still serving, are the other two.) This news has dominated today, and with good reason.
Most of the political experts agree that it was a smooth political move on Mr. Obama’s part, since we are the largest growing minority (thinking ahead for more votes) and wants to keep us happy. While that may be true, she does have an inspiring life story that is also very appealing: born and raised in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, her father died when she was 9; her mother, a nurse, worked 2 jobs to support her and her brother. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8. As a girl she used to avidly read Nancy Drew and watch Perry Mason on TV, probably inspiring her to become a lawyer. She went to Catholic School. She received a scholarship at Princeton, where she said she was so shell shocked at first that she didn’t raise her hand up in class for weeks… but then came into her own and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She went on to Yale Law School, where she was the editor of the Law Journal. In her profession she has been a district attorney in NY, then a partner at a corporate law firm, and then spent 17 years on the bench as a federal court judge, appointed by George H. Bush and then confirmed by Bill Clinton. Wow!! Isn’t that a great life resumé?
As Obama narrated her life story- maybe sometimes echoing his own- he praised her and reminded everyone that no dream is beyond reach. Another nice moment: Sonia presenting her family and her mother Celina, saying she was the one person in life she aspired to be. Her mom sat in the front seat weeping with joy. (Asi somos pues, muy llorones!) Most of all, I liked one of the reasons the president said he chose her… experience. “The life of the law has not been made up of logic but experience…Experience that can give a person the common touch and a sense of compassion.”
To see personal life pictures of Sonia Sotomayor, head over to this link on the Huffington Post: