NY judge rises from projects to Supreme Court nomination

Supreme Court nominee: Judge Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court nominee: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Associated Press - May 26, 2009 10:23 AM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court has said her childhood experiences left her with a "deep sense of humility" that will never leave her.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor (SUHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR') grew up in a housing project near Yankee Stadium after her parents moved to New York City from Puerto Rico. She had juvenile diabetes. Her father died when she was 9.

As a child, Sotomayor immersed herself in Nancy Drew books and spent hours watching Perry Mason on television. She knew she wanted to be a judge by the age of 10 after being inspired by a Perry Mason episode.

She went on to graduate from Princeton University and Yale Law School, work as a prosecutor and private lawyer, and become a federal judge.

When she signed her first judgment of conviction after becoming a judge, she was emotionally touched. She says she felt a "deep, deep sense of there but for the grace of God could I have gone and many that I have loved."

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