Maria Sotomayor Case

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On August 8, 2009, Sonia Maria Sotomayor became the first justice of Hispanic descent to be seated on the United States Supreme Court. Her upbringing in a Puerto Rican household in the Bronx, significantly shaped her decision making first on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1991-1997) and later, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1997 - 2009). Today, Sotomayor continually advocates for the basic rights of Americans; this is demonstrated in two of her recent opinions: (1) her 58 page dissent of the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (2014) decision, in which the Court decided, 6-2, that states could prohibit the use of affirmative action at public universities; and (2) and her opinion on the Brumfield v. Cain (2015) which…show more content…
Though Sotomayor originally wanted to be a detective, after she was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at age seven, the doctor who diagnosed her told her that she should consider a less strenuous profession. As a result, she set her eyes on being a judge after being inspired by the 1950’s television series about a criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason.…show more content…
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court decided that the amendment of Michigan’s Constitution which banned affirmative action at public institutions was constitutional. Prior to the enactment of this law, Michigan residents had voted in favor of the proposed amendment that prohibited consideration of race or sex in admissions to Michigan’s public universities. In turn, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary, sued state officials-- arguing that this amendment violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
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