You may know the Supreme Court justices mostly as people in black robes, handing down major (and minor) decisions about how the laws in the country actually work. But they're people, too, and people have birthdays — and it just so happens that Monday, June 25, is Sonia Sotomayor's 64th. So, let's take that as an occasion to learn some facts about Sonia Sotomayor that you probably didn't already know.
When President Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in 2009 — his first nomination to the highest court — there was a lot of discussion over the fact that she was only the third woman ever nominated to the court and that she would become the first Latino justice in American history, as the Washington Post reported at the time. However, the course that her life took to get her to that point is also worth learning about. As she wrote in her memoirs published in 2013 and USA Today summarized, Sotomayor aims to be an imperfect role model for those who have had imperfect lives.
"What I wanted to provide people with — people who face challenges similar to my own — is an actual, living example of a person just like that," Sotomayor wrote. Here then, are some of the challenges she faced, accomplishments she has under her belt, and inspirations that got her there.