In August 2009, Sonia Sotomayor, A Roman Catholic of Puerto Rican descent, became the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice and its third female justice.
Born in the Bronx, Sotomayor is no lightweight. She graduated with an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal.
In today’s NY Times, Adam Liptak sketches Sotomayor’s impact on the Court three months into her second term. He writes:
Justice Sotomayor has completely dispelled the fear on the left that her background as a prosecutor would align her with the court’s more conservative members on criminal justice issues. And she has displayed a quality — call it what you will — that is alert to the humanity of the people whose cases make their way to the Supreme Court.