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Potential Supreme Court Nominee Profile: Sonia Sotomayor

May 26, 2009

From the Washington Post, a profile of Federal Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is rumored to be the front-runner to fill David Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court. She has the stellar educational background one would expect, coupled with a compelling personal history:

George M. Pavia remembers being instantly impressed with the young woman he hired for his law firm in 1984. Sonia Sotomayor had graduated summa cum laude at Princeton, edited the Yale Law Journal in law school and had courtroom experience in the Manhattan prosecutor’s office.
She also spoke Spanish, which helped her understand Italian, and one of the firm’s main client’s was carmaker Fiat.
“She was just ideal for us in terms of her background and training,” said Pavia, managing partner of Pavia & Harcourt.
What also impressed him, he said, was her personal story. Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, had grown up in a public housing project in the Bronx, near the old Yankee Stadium. Her father died when she was a child, leaving her mother, a nurse, to instill in Sotomayor and her brother the idea that education was their path to a better life.
“She is, in a way, a counterpart of Obama himself,” Pavia said. “It’s the American dream — anybody can make it.”

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