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The life of Sonia Sotomayor

From a childhood in the Bronx to her confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

Newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (L) is congratulated by Chief Justice John Roberts (R) after taking the Judicial Oath as her brother Juan Luis Sotomayor looks on in the East Conference Room in Washington on August 8, 2009. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve in the history of the 220-year-old Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor takes her seat as she arrives for the hearing on her nomination as a Supreme Court justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2009. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 6, she is the first Hispanic and the third woman ever to serve on the highest court in the land.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor's mother, Celina Sotomayor (C), brother Juan Luis Sotomayor (R), and stepfather Omar Lopez (L) await the start of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Sotomayor meets with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill on July 9.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, wears a button on his lapel that said "Sonia" at a news conference with Hispanic leaders to promote Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on June 4.

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Sotomayor laughs after she was offered a pillow and a bag of ice by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., before their meeting on Capitol Hill on June 8. Sotomayor fractured her right ankle after stumbling on her way to be seated aboard her flight from New York to D.C.

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Obama described Sotomayor as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution during her introduction at the White House on May 26, 2009.

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Celina Sotomayor, mother of the Supreme Court nominee, cries during the announcement by President Obama on May 26.

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President Obama walks alongside Sotomayor and Vice President Joe Biden on May 26 prior to introducing her at the White House.

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Judge Sotomayor poses with her mother Celina Sotomayor in this undated photograph. When she was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama, the judge said of her mother, who was in attendance, "I am all I am because of her, and I am only half the woman she is."

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Sotomayor receives an honorary degree in May, 2007, from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

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Sotomayor delivers the 2003 commencement address at Pace University in White Plains, N.Y.

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Sotomayor visits students at her alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School, in the Bronx borough of New York.

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Sotomayor was appointed to the federal bench in 1992. This photo was taken Oct. 14, 1998, as she posed by her office window in New York overlooking the old Federal Courthouse on Foley Square.

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Sotomayor spends time with her niece Kylie Sotomayor in upstate New York. The judge's younger brother, Juan, is a doctor in Syracuse.

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After graduating from Princeton in 1976, Sotomayor went to Yale Law School. With her law degree in hand in 1979, Sotomayor joined the Manhattan district attorney's office and the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. She spent five years as a prosecutor before joining the New York law firm of Pavia & Harcourt, where she worked eight years before her appointment to the federal bench.

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Sotomayor, seen here in her yearbook page, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976.

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Sotomayor attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx before heading to Princeton University.

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Sotomayor, here in a photo from around 1960, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and started taking insulin shots at the age of 8.

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Born June 25, 1954, Sotomayor was raised in the Bronx by Celina and Juan Luis Sotomayor, who moved to New York from Puerto Rico. Her father died when Sonia was 9 years old.

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