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Sonia Sotomayor, JD Biography

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“Section 2 of the [Voting Rights] Act by its unambiguous terms subjects felony disfranchisement and all other voting qualifications to its coverage.”

Dissenting opinion, Hayden v. Pataki, May 4, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, Aug. 8, 2009-present
  • Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Oct. 1998-2009
  • Former Lecturer, Columbia University Law School
  • Member, American Bar Association, New York City Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, National Association of Women Judges and American Philosophical Society
  • Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law, 1998-2007
  • District Court Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Oct. 1992-Oct. 1998
  • Attorney, Pavia & Hancourt, 1984-1992
  • Assistant District Attorney, New York County, 1979-1984
  • Former Board Member, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Former Member, Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
  • Former Board Member, State of New York Mortgage Agency
  • Former Board Member, New York City Campaign Finance Board
  • Former Board Member, Maternity Center Association
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1979
  • AB, summa cum laude, History, Princeton University, 1976
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Hofstra University, 2006
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Pace University School of Law, 2003
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, 2001
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Princeton University, 2001
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Herbert H. Lehman College, 1999
  • Authored 422 opinions while serving on the bench for the Southern District of New York
  • Authored 232 opinions while serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Quoted in:
  1. Does Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Apply to Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions?