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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
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    Book review: 'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes:' Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with inspiring picture book
    Parents need to know that “Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes,” by Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s poet laureate, is a celebration of pioneering Latinos who’ve helped shape their various fields from the arts and sciences to athletics and public service. A full-page portrait by illustrator Raúl Colón accompanies a three-page biography of each subject, from Spanish explorer Bernardo de Gálvez and poet Julia De Burgos to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and baseball legend Roberto Clemente — and 15 other famous Latinos. The entries provide an easy-to-read sketch of each person’s life, while sparking curiosity in readers interested in the fields in which each figure excelled, whether it was physics or the big screen. Herrera won the American Library Association’s 2015 Pura Bulpre Honor for authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
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