Sonia Sotomayor: Timeline

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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.