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|Sonia Maria Sotomayor|
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
|Education:|| Princeton University
|Born||June 25, 1954|
Sotomayor started life in relatively poor circumstances, she lost her father at an early age and succeeded despite difficult circumstances. At the age of ten Sotomayor decided she wanted to become a judge after watching Perry Mason. Sotomayor got a scholarship for Princeton University, an Ivy League University and won a prize for excellence.
Her judicial career was started when she was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, and her nomination was confirmed in 1992. In 1995, she issued a preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball which ended the 1994 baseball strike. Sotomayor made a ruling allowing the Wall Street Journal to publish Vince Foster's final note. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her nomination was slowed by the Republican majority in the Senate, but she was eventually confirmed in 1998.