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Potential Justices: Sonia Sotomayor

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

Age: 54


Details: One of the nation's most prominent Hispanic judges, she is liberal and very smart. Born to a Puerto Rican family and raised in a Bronx housing project, she won highest honors at Princeton and distinction at Yale Law School. She was an assistant district attorney and commercial litigator before becoming a federal district judge and, in 1998, an appellate court judge.

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