Sonia Sotomayor: Timeline
















Sonia Sotomayor: Timeline


A look at major dates in the life and career of the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Aug. 6, 2009


Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed by the Senate as the next Supreme Court justice with a vote of 68-31. Nine Republicans voted for her. The confirmation makes her the third woman and first Hispanic to serve on the court.















July 13, 2009


Sonia Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Comittee confirmation hearings begin. The panel approved her on July 28, voting 13-6 in favor with only one Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham, joining the Democrats to support her.















May 26, 2009


President Barack Obama nominates Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.















February 2008


Upheld, as part of of a three-judge panel, the New Haven, Conn. fire department's decision to throw out exam results in its promotion process.















1998 - Present


Serves as U.S. Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals For The Second Circuit.















Oct. 2, 1998


Confirmed as U.S. Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals For The Second Circuit.
















June 25, 1997


Nominated by President Bill Clinton U.S. Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals For The Second Circuit.















March 30, 1995


Issued an injunction against major league baseball owners, ending an eight-month strike.
















1992 - 1998


Served as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.















Aug. 11, 1992

Confirmed by the Senate to her seat as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.















Nov. 27, 1991

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.















1984 - 1992

Served as an associate, then partner, at the private firm Pavia & Harcourt.















1979 - 1984

Worked as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's office.















1979

Graduated from Yale Law School.
















1976

Graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.
















1954

Born in New York.












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