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9 Of Sonia Sotomayor's Wisest And Most Memorable Quotes

In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. 
In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. 

Saturday, Aug. 6, marks the seventh anniversary of the day Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In recognition of this great day in American history, we’re looking back some of Justice Sotomayor’s most memorable quotes because we all can learn a thing or two from this great and wise Latina.

So without further ado: 

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    In 2001, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave her now famous <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wise-latinas-say-s
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    In 2001, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave her now famous “wise Latina” speech, during which she reminded a group of University of California Berkeley law students that their personal experiences would enrich the legal system.
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    In her her <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/sonia-sotomayor-gives-advice-to-nyu-grads-2012-5">2012 commencement addres
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    In her her 2012 commencement address Justice Sotomayor gave grads a reality check.
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    She then went on to remind grads that success is sweetest when shared with friends, colleagues and life partners.
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    She then went on to remind grads that success is sweetest when shared with friends, colleagues and life partners.
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    In 2012, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sesamestreet.org/" target="_hplink">stopped by &ldquo;
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    In 2012, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor stopped by “Sesame Street," where she gave Abby Cadabby (and kids everywhere) some priceless career advice.
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    During an interview with <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/13/262067546/as-a-latina-sonia-sotomayor-says-you-have-to-work-h
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    During an interview with Terry Gross of "Fresh Air" in 2014, Justice Sotomayor said she’s come up against her fair share of naysayers and doubters, though she’s never let them stop her.
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    In a 58-page dissent in the case of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&a
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    In a 58-page dissent in the case of Schuette v. BAMN -- a contentious 2013 affirmative action case upholding a Michigan referendum banning affirmative action at public universities -- Justice Sotomayor made a case for why we cannot ignore the fact that race does matter.
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    In an early <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/11/sotomayor.affirmative.action/index.html?iref=24hours" target="_bl
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    In an early 1990s panel, Justice Sotomayor talked about being a "product of affirmative action."
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    During an interview with <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/supreme-court-justice-sonia-sotomayor-oprah_n_2957013?utm_hp
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    During an interview with Oprah in 2013, she spoke about what she believes is the key to raising successful children.
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    In a powerful <a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-1373_83i7.pdf">dissent</a> to a U.S.&nbsp;<a href="http
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    In a powerful dissent to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Utah v. Strieff -- a case that took an expansive view of the limits the Constitution places on police misconduct -- Justice Sotomayor addressed the people most affected by unfortunate encounters with the police, black and brown Americans. “For generations, black and brown parents have given their children ‘the talk’ —  instructing them never to run down the street; always keep your hands where they can be seen; do not even think of talking back to a stranger — all out of fear of how an officer with a gun will react to them,” Sotomayor wrote.
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