HNBA Member Judge Sonia M. Sotomayor Confirmed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

August 6, 2009

Washington, D.C.–The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) congratulates the Honorable Sonia M. Sotomayor, a long-time member of the HNBA, and the U.S. Senate on her confirmation as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. “Judge Sotomayor’s historic confirmation is proof positive that we Americans are committed to putting aside our differences and judging one another based on merit. It is also a reaffirmation of the promise of equal opportunity that has attracted so many to our country over the centuries,” said HNBA National President Ramona E. Romero. “As lawyers, we are proud of the fact that soon-to-be Justice Sotomayor has the intellectual rigor, impartiality, commitment to the rule of law and independence that makes the judiciary the ultimate “safe place” for all Americans,” Ms. Romero concluded. Mari Carmen Aponte, the first female president of the HNBA, added, “this is a dream come true. I never imagined that a Hispanic woman lawyer of my generation would live to see this day.”

From humble beginnings to the highest court in the United States, Judge Sotomayor’s biography is a uniquely American story. Raised by a single mother, Judge Sotomayor’s perseverance and dedication to excellence in education led her to graduate with the highest honors at both Princeton University and Yale Law School. After serving as a prosecutor and commercial litigator, she received bi-partisan support when she was elevated to the U.S. District Court and later the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. When she takes her seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor will bring more federal judicial experience to the Court than any Justice in the last 100 years and will be the sole Justice with trial court experience. She will also be the third female and the first Hispanic to serve on the High Court.