Sonia Sotomayor 's The Profession Of Attorney Essay

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Sonia Sotomayor was appointed a Supreme Court justice in 2009 and became the first woman of Latin origin at the highest level of judicial hierarchy in the United States. Sonia Sotomayor was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. Her parents were both born in Puerto Rico but moved to New York during World War II (Biography 2016). In Bronx, Sonia was raised in poor catholic Puerto Rican community and was speaking mostly Spanish (Lewis 2016). At age seven, she was diagnosed with type I diabetes that in some way formed her career choice. As a child, Sotomayor was inspired by Nancy Drew and wanted to become a detective; the health problems and Perry Mason show made her choose the profession of attorney (Hoffman 1992). After her father’s death, Sotomayor’s mother put a big emphasis on higher education for both of her children (The White House 2009). At age ten, she knew who she wanted to be and what she needed to do in order to become an attorney (Hoffman 1992). Sonia learnt English and had nearly perfect record. She was involved in the student government activities and public speaking. She graduated as a valedictorian from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1972 (Lewis 2016).
Sotomayor was able to enter Princeton University with a full scholarship due to her high school success (Lewis 2016). Time at Princeton was a new experience for her. While struggling at the beginning with English writing and other university level skills, she worked hard in order to gain…

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