Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=135803
Story Retrieval Date: 5/26/2013 1:56:54 AM CST
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomomyor has finished testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary committee, but she will continue to inspire young Latinos -- especially those who are interested in practicing law.
“Her story is the story of all of us,” Shirley Rivadeneira said.
Rivadeneira is an attorney in the federal government and she said Sotomayor’s nomination is especially poignant to her because they have similar backgrounds.
“I relate a great deal because just like Judge Sotomayor, I also come from an immigrant family,” Rivadeneira said. “I’m also the first in my family to become an attorney just like she was.”
“The impact that Judge Sotomayor has, and already has had, on the Latino community is huge,” Rivadeneira said.
Rivadeneira isn’t the only one who would be inspired by the first Latina Supreme Court justice. Daniela Cornejo is going into her second year of law school at American University. She said Sotomayor’s confirmation could mean endless possibilities for students like her.
“As a law student you always think about who’s writing the opinions you’re reading,” Cornejo said.
“To think that someone like you, that looks like you, that has a similar background to yours, would be able to sit in and make the important decisions that the Supreme Court does is thrilling.”