In August 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina and only the third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor’s story–which reflects her modest beginnings, parents who stressed the importance of education and the difficulty of navigating socioeconomic, linguistic, and other barriers related to gender, race, and ethnicity–is one that personally resonates with many Latinas. However, her triumphant story and ability to overcome the myriad of barriers can be elusive for many Latina lawyers.

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