Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25th 1954 in the South Bronx area of New York to parents Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor. Her parents who were of Puerto Rican descent moved their family to New York for a better opportunity for their children. Her parents worked hard to make a living her mother was a nurse a methadone clinic and her father worked with his hands and the family lived modestly within their means. Justice Sotomayor was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of seven and began taking insulin shot’s, shortly after her father died in 1963 when she was nine, leaving her mother as a single parent, during her upbringing her mother Celina placed a huge emphasis on the importance of education, pushing her children to become …show more content…
Justice Sotomayor passed the entrance exam and gained admission to Cardinal Spellman High School where she attended for 4 years, during her time there she was elected as a member of the student government and was a member of the schools forensic team. She graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1972 as class valedictorian. Immediately after graduating she was accepted into the Ivy League Princeton University on a full scholarship, She stated at the age of ten that “ I was going to college and I was going to became an attorney” so Princeton was just the beginning. Her first year was pretty tough at Princeton, she quickly became swamped after she received her first midterm paper and she had made really low scores, she then decided to get help with her English, reading and writing. While attending Princeton Justice Sotomayor worked for the universities discipline committee, shaping her for her legal future, she also became increasingly involved on campus she became a moderate student activist and joined Puerto Rican organizations like Acción Puertorriqueña, which means Puerto Rican action, where she became the co-chair and the Third World Center, these groups provided her “with an anchor I needed to ground myself in that new and different world” Justice Sotomayor stated. Justice Sotomayor’s first interests in the justice system began after she watched an episode of the show Perry Manson, in this particular episode the prosecutor had stated he did not mind loosing when a defendant turned out to be innocent. Justice Sotomayor then later said in an interview that she “made the quantum leap that if that was the prosecutors job the she wanted to be the person who made the decision to dismiss the
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Stephanie M. Wildman has an extensive education, which started by receiving a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1970, followed by a Juris Doctor degree in 1973. She is a professor emerita of the University of San Francisco’s School of Law, meaning she is retired yet honored for distinguished contributions to the university. She is currently working at Santa Clara University School of Law as the Director for the Center of Social Justice and Public Service, specializing in social justice, gender and sex discrimination and property law. Adrienne D. Davis follows a similar pattern of education as Wildman, which involves a bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1987, followed by a Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from Yale Law School. She
That college is the difficult to received that because is not easy to study there, but sotomayor work hard for received honorary law degrees. Sonia Sotomayor is famous and will continue to have fame because Sotomayor was the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history, On her 43rd birthday, June 25, 1997, she was nominated for U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, and She has also received honorary law degrees from Herbert H. Lehman College, Princeton University and Brooklyn Law School. Sotomayor was the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S.
Charlotte E. Ray In this paper I will be providing you lots of information on Ms. Ray. Charlotte E. Ray accomplished a lot of great things for African American and women in general. Becoming not only the first female African-American lawyer in the United States but also the first to practice in Washington, D.C. Because of her bravery and persistence obstacles were broken. Ray has paved the way for young women of color in today’s society.
A young girl went with her father to visit a neighbor family. When they arrived, the girl saw that her neighbor had been beating his wife and child. There was nothing the girl could do for her neighbors, but she was filled with a strong desire for justice. This desire would lead the young girl to become one of the most prominent figures on the United States Supreme Court. Sandra Day O’Connor impacted society by occupying a position as the first woman on Supreme Court, voting against discrimination of gender or race, and abiding by the Constitution in every issue.
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated for the Supreme Court, gave a speech to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her work experience as a judge and her outlook on education. Sotomayor speaks about her experinces as a judge, along with the hard work she put into her education that earned her scholarships into two Ivy League schools. Sotomayor’s purpose is to seek the support from the Senate Judiciary Committee by giving an image to show she is eligible to be in the Supreme Court. Sotomayor supports her purpose with her background story about her education and her occupations as a judge. Sotomayor uses rhetorical appeals and a grateful tone to persuade the committee she is an applicable candidate to be in the Supreme Court.
Her parents were divorced and she just wanted to get away from all of that. She received a full-ride scholarship to Iowa State University, the home of the Cyclones. She decided her path there would lead her to major in political science and later on she would go to law school. She was an
At MassHousing, she learned about the many programs they funded and was able to observe how some of those programs were implemented. She saw how powerful it was to engage your community for the greater good and initiate conversations about different ideologies. After graduating Boston Latin School, Sofia went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ithaca College and a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice from Cornell. In college, she was involved in such clubs as PODER, the Latinx Student association, The Student Government Council, and
Sonia Sotomayor, was a daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants. She suffers from diabetes and was raised in a low income family with an alcoholic father in Bronx, New York. When Sotomayor was nine, her father passed away. Her Mother worked six days a week as a nurse. She attended a catholic school called Cardinal Spellman.
“The pageantry days gone by-chivalrous cavaliers and belles in hoop skirts-lives in memory for many southerners” –Catherine Clinton, The Plantation Mistress, 1983 Catherine, Clinton. The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South. New York: Pantheon Books, c. 1983. Pp. 331.
To me, being Hispanic is something which I’m immensely proud of. My heritage and the history of great Hispanics before me inspire me to do better and try to make a difference in the world. As a Hispanic, I know that we are some of the hardest working people in the world, we persevere even in the face of situations in which the odds are stacked against us. It’s this knowledge that drives me every day to make not only my parents proud, but to show the world that Hispanic people like me can make a difference for the better. When I was young my family could only afford to live in a small apartment infested with bugs which was our home for many years.
Sonia Sotomayor, a US Supreme Court Justice, gave a lecture titled “A Latina Judge’s Voice”; in this lecture she argues that social identities matter for knowledge of the social world. In the context of the lecture she is referring to the judicial system, and she insists that one’s heritage, upbringing, and many other things that make up one’s social identity absolutely influence not only the decisions one makes but also the facts of a case that he or she chooses, or is even able, to see. In this paper I will assess Sotomayor’s arguments alongside Linda Martín Alcoff’s essay on Sotomayor’s lecture and an idea from other feminist writers to show that Sotomayor’s argument about social identities influencing social knowledge is not only convincing,
Relevant Context Ms. Sotomayor was born in the mid-1950s to an immigrant mother who had just moved to New York from Puerto Rico and had joined the Women’s Army Corp where, “over twenty thousand Puerto Rican men had already served in the US armed forces before the women were included (73).” And it was in New York that Celina (Sonia’s mother) met Sonia’s dad and got married. Sadly, when Sonia was 9 years old, her died of tuberculosis. This was the turning point for Sonia’s entire life.
Clarence Thomas was born on June 23, 1948, in Pin Point, Georgia. His father left his family when he was young. That, and other issues as the years passed led his family into money problems. Clarence and his brother were sent to live with their grandfather and step-grandmother. His grandfather had a major influence on his religious beliefs.