Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream
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The definitive biography of the first Latina and third woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court-from the national bestselling biographer of Condoleeza Rice and Laura Bush.
National bestselling biographer Antonia Felix delves behind the headlines to tell the compelling story of how the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants living in the South Bronx became one of the greatest legal minds in the country. With insight and thoughtful analysis, Felix explores the tenacity that makes Sotomayor a sharp, fearless judge; the sense of compassion that drives her to seek justice for the underprivileged; and her strong community ties, which never let her forget where she came from.
Drawing on candid interviews with figures from Sotomayor's personal and professional life-as well as speeches, interviews with Sotomayor, and published papers-Felix paints a revealing portrait of the woman who would come to meet President Obama's rigorous criteria for a Supreme Court justice and whose appointment would make history.
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over the next three years in the massive Sterling Law Building at Yale, a Gothic complex that takes up an entire city block and was patterned after King’s College, Cambridge. The English courtyard, rich wood floors and walls, soaring stained-glass windows, ornate spires, and gargoyles are the epitome of Collegiate Gothic. Even if she never left the library, with its long, polished tables, soaring ceilings, hanging lamps, and nearly one million books, Sonia would be able to recognize that she had
everything they brought to her life but that she didn’t feel sorry for moving on. “I am one of those people who has loved every job I have taken,” she said. “I have been blessed with working with people that I admire and like, and I have been blessed with working with clients when I was in private practice whom I adored, many of whom are still friends today. . . . And so if I stayed, I think I would have continued to be happy, but I love judging so much that I’ve never regretted leaving those
me, ‘Judge, I would like to announce you as my selection to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court,’ ” she said. “And I said to him—I caught my breath and started to cry and said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ That was what the moment was like.” The president then made a request. “He asked me to make him two promises,” she said. “The first was to remain the person I was, and the second was to stay connected to my community. And I said to him that those were two easy
Menendez, and Benjamin Cardin; Representative Velasquez and six other members of Congress; six U.S. Court of Appeals judges; New York Governor David Paterson; former FBI Director Louis Freeh; Sonia’s high school classmate and former NAACP President Ted Shaw; Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; White House Counsel Gregory Craig; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson; many others from the political, academic, and civil rights community; and Sonia’s family. Justice Ginsburg had