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Sonia Sotomayor

Circuit Judge

U.S. Courthouse

40 Foley Square, Room 401

New York, New York 10007

(212) 857-2420 (t)



Personal —  Sonia Sotomayor was born in 1954.  She began service for the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1998, appointed by President William J. Clinton.


Judicial — Prior to her service for the Second Circuit, Sonia Sotomayor sat as a Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1992 to 1998.


Private Practice — She was an Associate and eventually a Partner at the firm of Pavia and Harcourt in New York, New York during the years of 1984 to 1992.  She practiced in the areas of intellectual property, international litigation, and arbitration of commercial and commodity export trading cases.


Government — From 1979 to 1984 she was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County.


Academic — Judge Sotomayor is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and lectures at Columbia Law School.  She frequently speaks and is a panelist at bar conferences and law schools. 


Education — She received her JD from Yale Law School in 1979 and graduated from Princeton University in 1976 with a BA.


Memberships — Sonia Sotomayor is a member of the:  American Bar Association; New York City Chapter of the Women's Bar Association; National Hispanic Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; Association of Hispanic Judges.

Links of Interest — “Judicial Nominations May 22, 1998” -

“United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Appointed November 6,1998, Nominated by President Clinton” -

Appeals Court Hears New York Wine-Shipping Case” -,1145,2182,00.html