Sonia Sotomayor Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Shalini Moorthi
Feb 08, 2024 By Shalini Moorthi
Originally Published on Feb 04, 2023
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Sonia Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
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About Sonia Sotomayor

The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, New York.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the first woman of color, Latina, and Hispanic who served on the Supreme Court. Sonia was honored with honorary law degrees from almost a dozen universities and other recognizations.

Sonia Sotomayor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude in 1976. In 1979, Sonia received Juris Doctor from the Yale Law School. She then worked as Assistant District Attorney from 1979 to 1984 in the New York County District. After that, Sonia ventured into private practice. Apart from law practice, she was also a member of various boards. President George H.W. Bush nominated Sonia to the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, in 1991. She served as the United State Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit judge from 1998 to 2009, when President Bill Clinton nominated her. On May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia after the retirement of David Souter as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is considered one of the most influential personalities of the 21st century. Apart from her career in court, Sonia Sotomayor was also an author, and she has penned books like 'Just Help! How To Build A Better World', 'Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You', 'Turning Pages: My life Story', and 'My Beloved World'.

Sonia Sotomayor's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Sonia Sotomayor's net worth?

Sonia Sotomayor's net worth is $6 million as of 2022.

How much does Sonia Sotomayor earn per year?

Sonia Sotomayor's salary is $200,000 as of 2022.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Sonia Sotomayor?

Sonia Sotomayor's height is yet to be revealed to the media.

How old is Sonia Sotomayor?

Sonia Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954, and is 68 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, and spent her developing years in her birthplace Bronx, New York. With her father, Juan Sotomayor, mother, Celina Sotomayor, and brother Juan Jr, Sonia shifted from their small residence in the Bronx to the public housing project, Bronxdale Homes. Sonia's family suffered from financial issues during that period, and her father's drinking habits worsened the family's condition. Books and her granny gave her solace in an otherwise troubled life. Her father, Juan Sotomayor, died when Sonia was nine years old. With her father's insurance money, the family moved from the Bronxdale homes when the condition deteriorated to Co-op City, Northeast Bronx.

From her preschool to her eight grade, little Sonia attended Blessed Sacrament Parish School, Soundview, NewYork. She progressed in her studies, and her mother, Celina, also insisted. At her graduation, Sonia was the valedictorian. After clearing her entrance examinations, she joined Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, and graduated in 1972.

Upon a friend's recommendation, Sonia Sotomayor applied to Princeton University. She was accepted at Princeton with a scholarship. She initially struggled with the changing atmosphere with fewer female and Latina students. With hard work and excessive reading and writing, she seemingly progressed academically. In 1976, Sonia graduated summa cum laude from Princeton. She was awarded the Moses Taylor Pyne Prize, one of the highest under-graduation level awards on her graduation. After she graduated from Princeton, Sonia entered Yale Law School. There, she became an editor of the Yale Law Journal and graduated from Yale in 1979.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Sonia Sotomayor's partner?

Sonia Sotomayor's married her high school lover Kevin Noonan in 1976. However, both divorced in 1983.

Sonia Sotomayor was born to Juan and Celina, both of them were born in Puerto Rico. Her father, Juan worked in a factory and her mother, Celina, was a nurse. After three years of Sonia's birth, Juan and Celina birthed a boy, Juan Jr. She dated Kevin Noonan during high school, who later became a patent lawyer and a biologist. In 1976, Sonia and Kevin Noonan married at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. She then changed her name to Sonia Sotomayor de Noonan.

Career And Professional Highlights

After graduating from Yale Law School, Sonia Sotomayor started working as an assistant district attorney in New York in 1979. She served as a trial lawyer under Robert Morgenthau, District Attorney. As an Assistant District Attorney, Sotomayor worked for nearly five years dealing with cases ranging from thievery to fraudulent acts.

In 1984, Sonia left District Attorney's office to start a private practice. She joined Pavia and Harcourt, a renowned law firm in Manhattan as an associate for the second time. With dedication and hard work, she became a partner in the firm after a couple of years as an associate.

From the year 1980 to 1992, she served on the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1985, she was appointed as a member of the board of the Maternity Center Association. She also worked on the State of New York Mortgage Agency board from 1987 to 1992.

David Botwinik forced Sonia to appeal for the federal judge position. Upon David's persuasion, she applied for the post. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a senator, interviewed her and recommended Sonia to then-President George H. W. Bush. She was appointed to serve United States District Court, Southern District of New Work. In 1997, Sonia was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also lectured at New York University Law School and Columbia Law School during that period.

When Justice David Souter retired, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia to the Supreme Court. After presenting herself before Senate Judiciary Committee, Sonia's appointment was finalized by the United States Senate.

Besides being a Supreme Court Justice and a lecturer, Sonia Sotomayor was a writer. She published her memoir 'My Beloved World' in 2013. In this best-seller, Sonia talked about her childhood, education, and other early instances. In 2017, her work 'The Beloved World Of Sonia Sotomayor' was out. 'Just Help! Be Different, Be Brave, be You', 'Just Help! How To Buil A Better World' and ' Turning Pages: My Life Story' were other works of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Best Known For…

In her tenure as a Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor heard more than 3000 cases. One such is hearing the case between Major League Baseball and the player's union. The conflict between these two parties led to canceling the World Series of 1994. Sonia's judgment was on the player's side, ending the more than 200 days of strike. Her judgment on this case brought her more or less an epithet, "the judge who saved baseball". She was on the chair with six other justices who upheld a component in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 or Obamacare. Their decision allowed the federal government to subsidize the needy concerning healthcare.

Charity Work

Sonia Sotomayor's community service is remarkable. One such community service that Sonia prioritizes is the All Stars Project: Developing School For Youth, a non-profit organization that helps transform the lives of youths from poor and underserved communities in partnership with caring adults and gives opportunities for everyone to grow. As a part of it, Sonia conducted a workshop in 2005 with more than a score of inner-city students by familiarizing them with the federal court and lawyers' role in trials with imaginary cases.

What awards has Sonia Sotomayor won?

  • 1976 - Pyne Prize, Princeton University.
  • 2006 - Outstanding Latino Professional Award by Latina Law Students Association.
  • 2013 - Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University.
  • 2015 - Katherine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College.
  • 2019 - National Women's Hall of Fame.

Sonia Sotomayor's Hobbies And Interests

Reading and writing are the hobbies of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She always likes to put her nose inside a good book and forget the world. Writing helped Sonia to recapture her selfhood. She considers writing a New York best-seller book an extraordinary achievement. While studying law at Yale, Sonia was the editor of the much-acclaimed Yale Law Journal. Her favorite art form is dancing, and she likes cycling.

Other Interesting Sonia Sotomayor Facts And Trivia

  • According to astrologers, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's zodiac sign is Cancer.
  • Sonia Maria Sotomayor was the third woman to serve on the Supreme court. She was also Latino to join the High Court after centuries of history.
  • Sonia Sotomayor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was seven. She sterilized her needles and injected insulin herself.
  • Sonia Sotomayor referred to herself as "Nuyorican", which is formed by the amalgamation of "New York" and 'Puerto Rican". It refers to the Puerto Ricans living in New York City.
  • Reading 'Nancy Drew' inspired little Sonia to become a detective. Later the television series 'Perry Mason' changed her mind about becoming a detective to becoming an attorney.
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor twice featured herself in a kids' TV program 'Sesame Street'. One episode is titled 'Sesame Street: Sonia Sotomayor and Abby - Career'. In this episode, Sonia Sotomayor talked all about the word career. In another episode titled 'Sonia Sotomayor: The Justice Hears a Case', she serves up tea and justice on Seasame Street.

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Sonia Sotomayor Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Sonia Maria Sotomayor

Date of Birth

1954-06-25

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Bronx

Age

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Associate Justice

Education

Yale Law School

Net Worth

6000000

Parents

Juan Sotomayor, Celina Baez

Siblings

Juan Sotomayor

Annual Earnings

200000
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Written by Shalini Moorthi

Master of Arts specializing in English

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Shalini MoorthiMaster of Arts specializing in English

With a Master's degree in English and Comparative literature from Pondicherry University, Shalini is an accomplished and award-winning writer. She is also dedicated to education, having mentored students to successfully pass entrance exams. Shalini's passion for literature extends beyond her professional life, as she enjoys reading and writing poetry in her leisure time.

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