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.
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.
Graduated from Yale Law School.
Graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.
Born in New York.