Happy Birthday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor!
Here at LatinoVoices we are celebrating Sotomayor's birthday with some interesting facts that might not be common knowledge.
What would you want to know about Justice Sonia Sotomayor if you could ask her a question? Let us know your thoughts!
<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-5227296.html" target="_hplink">According to friends and former coworkers,</a> Sotomayor likes to work hard and play hard. <a href="http://www.mrc.org/node/34740" target="_hplink">For her 50th birthday,</a> Sotomayor learned how to salsa dance and rumor on the street is that she's great on the dance floor. In 2009, she wooed the attendees at the annual gala of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in D.C. when actor Esai Morales pulled the Supreme Court's first Latino member onto the dance floor. "The room exploded," <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2009/09/justice_sotomayor_dances_with.html?wprss=reliable-source" target="_hplink">according to the Washington Post.</a>
She Saved A Nation's Favorite Pastime
A South Bronx native, Justice Sotomayor is a devoted baseball supporter. (Yankees fan at heart). In 1995 she joined the league of admired baseball figures-- Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mayes and the like--after <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/us/15sotomayor.html?_r=2" target="_hplink">she ended a 232-day long baseball strike, ruling against the owners in favor of the players.</a> Some say Sotomayor <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1900974,00.html" target="_hplink">"saved baseball"</a> after ending a dispute that could have ruined the sport for good.
At the age of eight, Justice Sotomayor was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. Ever since she's been injecting herself four times a day. <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/supremecourtjustices/2011-06-21-sotomayor-diabetes-court_n.htm" target="_hplink">Last year spoke to a group of children </a>about her diabetes at an event sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, according to USA Today. She told the children, that life as a diabetic gets easier with time once you start learning about your own body and she stressed the fact that diabetics could become anything they wanted to be.
Prior to choosing a law career path, Sonia Sotomayor had different aspirations. <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/05/26/what-nancy-drew-taught-sonia-sotomayor/" target="_hplink">Inspired by Nancy Drew</a>, her favorite childhood fictional sleuth. Sotomayor was initially interested in criminal justice. But when she was diagnosed with type 1-diabetes at the age of eight, Sotomayor was told she would never make it as a police detective. Motivated by Nancy Drew's drive, Sotomayor redirected her plan and moved forward. She may not be the detective she once aimed for, but it's safe to say Nancy Drew would've been proud.
Sonia Sotomayor took the stance as the NYU graduation commencent speaker this year. Not only has she built a formidable career for herself, Justice Sotomayor has done it from scratch and has excelled as a student along the entire way. She was <a href="http://typeaparent.com/ten-facts-about-sonia-sotomayor.html" target="_hplink">valedictorian at both</a> her catholic middle school and catholic high school. She attended Princeton University where she <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-sotomayor-profile31-2009may31,0,2464037.story" target="_hplink">graduated summa cum laude</a> and she received the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. She attended Yale Law School where she worked as the editor of the Yale Law School Journal. Then, she worked as a prosecutor and a corporate lawyer in New York, and while serving as a federal judge for 17 years.
The first Latina Justice of the Supreme Court has many tricks up her sleeve and one of them is her Cupid-esque qualities. In 2009, Sotomayor <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-10-14/news/17937750_1_law-clerks-sonia-sotomayor-wedding" target="_hplink"> officiated the civil wedding for one of her friends and former law clerks.</a>
Family Above All
Sonia Sotomayor was born to a Puerto Rican family and grew up in a public housing project in South Bronx, New York. Her parents moved to New York during World War II where her mother served in the Women's Auxiliary Corps. Her father, a factory worker, passed away when Sotomayor was nine years old. Her mother raised her and her brother (now a doctor at Syracuse). When President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor as federal appeals judge in New York, to the Supreme Court, in a heartfelt speech Sotomayor paid an emotional tribute to her mother Celina Sotomayor. "My mother has devoted her life to my brother and me. And as the President mentioned, she worked often two jobs to help support us after Dad died," Sotomayor said<a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-05-26/news/17923253_1_celina-sotomayor-sonia-sotomayor-president-obama" target="_hplink"> according to NY Daily News.</a> "I have often said that I am all that I am because of her and I am only half the woman she is."
Loves Sesame Street
Over a cup of coffee <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/sotomayor-on-sesamestreet_n_1260961.html" target="_hplink">with her friend Maria on Sesame Street</a>, the first Hispanic on the high court -- who has served on the Supreme Court since her appointment by President Obama in August 2009 -- doled out some justice...