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New Yorkers Celebrate Confirmation of Sotomayor

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The confirmation of the Sonia Sotomayor to become the next Supreme Court justice was celebrated throughout the city - including the offices of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Civil Rights Attorney Christina Cheralde, 29, says in law school she noticed the plaintiffs were often Hispanic -- and the judges, more often than not, were white men.

CHERALDE: Now it's like, oh my gosh, now we have somebody in there that's going to be able to see us and make decisions knowing our perspective, knowing our point of view.

Sotomayor watched the Senate vote on a large screen television at the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan with colleagues, who vigorously applauded her new position on the high court.

Sotomayor will take the oath of office and be sworn in tomorrow.

She'll will be the first high court member to have her oath-taking made available to TV cameras.

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