EXIT OF THE DAY: EXIT 11 onramp I-95s; near City Island, Orchard Beach and Co-op City, BRONX NY
Co-op City was briefly home to one of the brightest legal minds in America. Who is it?
Can an old TV Series and a kids' Detective Book inspire a great leader? You decide. Or rather, you make a ruling.
And Yankee Fanatics take note! A life long Yankee booster who identifies herself as a combined New Yorker and Puerto Rican or rather as a Nuyorican -- she is none other than the first South Bronx born Supreme Court Judge, Sonia Sotomayor.
Pardon the pun, but the trials of childhood may influence the person they become. With an alcoholic father, Sonia was diagnosed with diabetes at age seven and began taking daily insulin injections. When she was just nine years old her Father died of heart problems. Her mother then encouraged her to become fluent in English.
Early on, Sotomayor was first inspired to become a detective by the book character Nancy Drew. But after her diabetes diagnosis, doctors suggested a different career and apparently she was by this time a big fan of the Perry Mason television series. The TV show inspired Sotomayor to go into a legal career and later to become a judge.
Sotomayor entered Princeton University on a full scholarship, by her own admission gaining admittance in part because of a leg up. She would later say that despite her admission there are cultural biases built into such tests as the SAT's. She praised laws for fulfilling their “purpose: to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race - a race many were unaware was even being run."
Sotomayor was sworn in on August 8, 2009 by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Sotomayor is the fourth woman -- and the First Hispanic ever -- to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Coming up from the mean streets of the Bronx, Justice Sotomayor is the most accessible of all the Supreme Court Judges. When not making laws and epic rulings, she is active visiting schools and univerities and encouraging people to stick to their books and to get engaged in their country.
As a successful woman, she enjoys being a role model and speaking with young people, women, and people of color. And Her Honor can speak to her many admirers fluently in either English or Spanish!
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