Obama chooses first Latina to the Supreme Court


LatinaLista — Sonia Sotomayor, the product of a South Bronx public housing project, who lost her father at the age of nine, went on to win scholarships to Princeton University and Yale Law School.
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New Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor
This 54-year-old Puerto Rican Latina is currently the U.S. Appeals Court judge in the 2nd Circuit, a position she has held since 1998.
All commentators agree that Judge Sotomayor’s record speaks for itself in terms of experience on the bench, and given her upbringing by a single mother, her impoverished childhood in the Bronx and her devotion to service in the judicial system, all these elements combine to underscore the fact that Sotomayor has the empathy that was so important to Obama and his team.
As one CNN commentator said, Sotomayor is the face of a new America where demographics have shifted substantially to the point where second thought is now applied in appointing only white males.