Spreading Good News (Post 545 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice – U. S. Supreme Court)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.











~ Joyce Fields


The Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award

Thank you very much to www.living4bliss.wordpress.com for presenting me with the Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award.  I truly appreciate the recognition!

Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

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We all should know more about the contributions that women have made in order to make this world a better place.

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with frequent posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about the contributions and accomplishments of women.

I hope you enjoy this piece!

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH:  Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice – U. S. Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor, raised in poverty, was nominated on May 26, 2009, for the United States Supreme Court by President Barack Obama. After contentious confirmation hearings, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Justice and third woman to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court.

Sonia Sotomayor was raised in the Bronx in a housing project. Her parents were born in Puerto Rico and came to New York during World War II.

Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954.  She was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes (Type I) when she was eight years old. She spoke mostly Spanish until the death of her father, a tool and die maker, when she was 9. Her mother, Celina, worked at a methadone clinic as a nurse, and sent her two children, Juan (now a physician) and Sonia, to private Catholic schools.

Sonia Sotomayor excelled in school, and finished her undergraduate study at Princeton with honors, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor given to undergraduates at Princeton. She earned a law degree from Yale Law School in 1979. At Yale, she had the distinction of being the editor in 1979 of the Yale University Law Review and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order.

Prosecutor and Private Practice
She served as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984, an assistant to the Manhattan District Attorney, Robert Morgentha. Sotomayor was in private practice in New York City from 1984 to 1992 as an associate and partner at Pavia and Harcourt in New York City.

Federal Judge
Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by George H. W. Bush on November 27, 1991, to serve as a federal judge, and she was confirmed by the Senate on August 11 of 1992. She was nominated on June 25, 1997, for a seat on the U. S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, by President William J. Clinton, and was confirmed by the Senate on October 2, 1998, after a long delay by Senate Republicans. President Barack Obama nominated her as a justice on the United States Supreme Court in May, 2009, for the seat held by Justice David Souter. She was confirmed by the Senate in August, 2009, after strong criticism from Republicans, especially focused around her statement from about 2001 that “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Other Legal Work
Sonia Sotomayor has also served as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, 1998 to 2007, and a lecturer at Columbia Law School beginning in 1999.

Her legal practice included general civil litigation, trademark and copyright.

Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, NY

Princeton University, B.A. 1976, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, M. Taylor Pyne Prize

Yale Law School, J.D. 1979

Yale Law School, L.L.D. 1999,

Organizations: American Bar Association, Association of Hispanic Judges, Hispanic Bar Association, New York Women’s Bar Association, American Philosophical Society


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~ Joyce Fields



Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.


About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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6 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 545 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice – U. S. Supreme Court)

  1. living4bliss says:

    I absolutely love her. Most of my students are Hispanic and she is as inspiring to them as Barack Obama is to us.

    What a great lady.

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