In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992-1998. Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she took her seat on August 8, 2009.
Sotomayor earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Sotomayor served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977.
She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979-1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984-1992.
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