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7 Supreme Court Firsts
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05.22.12, 08:29 AM CDT

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‹‹ First Latina Justice: Sonia Sotomayor First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis ››

On May 26, 2009, President Obama nominated 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Sotomayor would become the first Latina to serve on the high court, marking another first for the Supreme Court. In its almost 220-year history, there have been 110 justices, with 11 Catholics, seven Jews, two Italian-Americans, two African-Americans and two women serving at various times. Currently, there are five Catholics, two Jews and one woman on the court. Take a look to see who the first was in each of these groups and a profile of the potential first Hispanic, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.


‹‹ First Latina Justice: Sonia Sotomayor First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis ››

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