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Obama has already made some significant changes while in office for his first 100 days and now he’s eyeing the Supreme Court for his next bold move. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is top in line to become the first Latina on the Supreme Court. Remarkable doesn’t begin to describe Obama’s political strategies. Check for more

Late Thursday, news broke that Justice David Souter plans to retire when the court session ends in June, giving Obama his first chance to name a judge.

There’s a groundswell of pressure on him to name a woman and possibly a minority, so Sotomayor, 54, and her storied journey from the Bronx could be a compelling choice for the first African-American commander in chief.

In an interview with the Daily News in 1998, Sotomayor said she long believed she would rise to the top of her profession.

“I was going to college and I was going to become an attorney, and I knew that when I was 10,” Sotomayor said. “Ten. That’s no jest.”

She enrolled at Princeton University, an experience she described as the “single most growing event of my life” and graduated summa cum laude in 1976. She earned her law degree at Yale, where she was editor of the law journal.

Sotomayor began her post-college career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, working for legendary top prosecutor Robert Morgenthau.

Her job soon became her life. In 1983, she divorced her husband, whom she married while a student at Princeton. The couple never had children.

A year later, she entered private practice, and she became partner within three years.

In 1991, Sen. Daniel Patrick Monynihan recommended Sotomayor to the first President Bush, who made good on a promise to appoint a Hispanic judge to a district court in New York.

At 40, Sotomayor became the youngest judge in the Southern District of New York and the first American of Puerto Rican descent.

Maybe we really are becoming that melting pot society so many people dream of.



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