On May 26, 2009, President Obama announced his nomination for Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David H. Souter from the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayer has been a judge of the United States Court of Appeals since 1998. President Obama acknowledged that Judge Sotomayor's "extraordinary journey" from her modest beginnings to the Ivy League student turned Judge is a great choice to have in the Supreme Court. She will be the first Hispanic American to do so and will become one of seven women among the district's 58 judges. She attributes her success to the people who have helped her while attending Princeton. In her words:
"My Princeton experience has been the people I've met.
To them, for their lessons of life, I remain eternally indebted and
To them and to that extra-special person n my life:
Thank you - For all that I am and am not.
The sum total of my life here has been made-up of little parts from all of you."
Even though she has had many mentors throughout her career, she greatly appreciates her first mentors who aided her to move along in a world that seemed so foreign to her.
So remember to reach out to your peers, you may be mentoring the next Supreme Court judge!