15 May 14

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about her journey from social housing in the Bronx to the bench of the United States Supreme Court. Her story begins with a precarious childhood: an alcoholic father, a devoted but overburdened mother, and a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes at age eight. The young Sotomayor soon determined she could only depend on herself—and then imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters as professional role models and a scant understanding of the work involved in becoming a lawyer, the determined Sotomayor pursued a dream that would sustain and elevate her from valedictorian of her high school class to an appointment on a federal district court before the age of forty.