Sonia Joins the Supreme Court(11/17) (A Big Dream (Sonia Sotomayor dreamed…
Sonia Joins the Supreme Court(11/17)
A Big Dream
Sonia Sotomayor dreamed of becoming a detective when she was a girl.
Doctors told her when she was eight that she had Type 1 diabetes.
She had to learn to take good care of herself because diabetes is a serious disease.
Sonia had to try her best to make her dream of being a lawyer come true.
Sonia studied hard in school.
The Dream Comes True
After graduating from law school, Sonia got her first job as a lawyer.
Her dream had come true.
In May 2009, President Barack Obama had to choose a new justice of the U.S.
Picking a New Justice
Presidents often choose a justice who agrees with them on important ideas.
A justice can be any age. The youngest justice was 32 when chosen.
The Superme Court is over two hundred years old.
Finding the Right Person
President Obama, like other presidents before him, asked for help to find the best justice.
Sonia Sotomayor was on the list. She had been a lawyer and judge for many years.
After President Obama talked to Judge Sotomayer, he picked her to be a justice.
The Judiciary Committee
A group of senators called the Judiciary Committee investigated Sonia.
The committee reported its findings to the rest of the Senate.
The Senate Votes
Some people who disagreed with choosing Judge Sotomayor.
Two days later Sonia Sotomayor took an oath, or made a promise, to follow the Constitution.
The Job of the New Justice
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has an office in the Superme Court Building.
She had to hire people to work in her office.
Justice Sotomayor has made many dreams in her life come true.
Being a justice is a very important job.