This morning President Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Most of you said a while back that you would like to see a woman nominated to the highest court. Well you got your wish! Here are 10 other things you need to know about Obama's nominee.
- She was appointed federal judge by Republican president George Bush.
- She was born in the Bronx, NY, to Puerto Rican parents. Her mother raised her in a housing project, and her father died when she was nine years old.
- After graduating from Princeton, she went to Yale Law School, and served as the editor of Yale Law Review.
- She got real Law and Order experience, working for five years as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
- She's known for saving baseball because she issued a key injunction against team owners in 1995. It brought major league baseball back after a strike that caused the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
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- She'll presumably be on the court for a while, as she's only 54 years old.
- She's the first Hispanic person to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
- If she's confirmed by the Senate, she will be only the third woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
- She thinks her background is an asset. She once said: "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."
- An episode of Perry Mason inspired her to become a judge.