05/06/2013 11:55 am ET

Sonia Sotomayor Feels ‘Frenzy Of Exile' As Bronx Native And First Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice

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NEW YORK — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said she wants to be called just “Sonia from the Bronx.”

And on Sunday, the first Hispanic justice on the nation’s highest court explained why, saying “you can’t come from the world I grew up in, the South Bronx, without feeling the frenzy of exile, constantly.”

She spoke at Cooper Union, a private college in Manhattan’s East Village where Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech against slavery.

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