• Tue, Jan 11 2011

Honorary LadyScout of the Week: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor is a Supreme Court Justice partially because she loved Nancy Drew. Obviously this isn’t the entire reason, but it’s a pretty wonderful part of a reason. As a child, Sotomayor read the girl detective series and knew she wanted to solve mysteries. Unfortunately, because of her diabetes, she was instructed to try a less strenuous path. By ten she knew that she wanted to be an attorney, like Perry Mason. Sotomayor’s inspirations are an inspiration to Scouts everywhere. From a remarkably young age, with an innate sense of justice, Sonia Sotomayor identified the kind of person she wanted to be and became it. She became the hell out of it.

Justice Sotomayor is the 111th Supreme Court justice — with 110 justices before her, she is the very first Hispanic and the third woman. She now sits on a court that features three brilliant female legal minds, which, all else aside, is pretty damn great. In her short time on the bench, she has notably crafted the dissenting opinion on Berghuis v. Thompkins, stating her opposition to a decision that seriously eroded the right against self-incrimination. While the decisions of the Roberts Court might be difficult to swallow, Sotomayor remains a powerful new voice. Her accomplishments as a lawyer, professor and a judge are overwhelming, and she has a long, productive career ahead of her. Thank god.

A Sample of Notable Badges Earned: The History Badge, for higher learning. We’re not sure why we wanted to give this one to Justice Sotomayor… oh, I guess because she went to Princeton and Yale. And then taught at NYU and Columbia. And she’s, you know, on the Supreme Court. Yeah, that earns it. We also award her the “HBIC” Badge, for embodying the traits listed in the badge description: responsible, direct, no-nonsense. We hope that she pins this badges to the inside of her robe and keeps on kicking ass (if Rehnquist was allowed to gussy his up, then everyone else should be able to, is all we’re saying).

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  • Eileen

    Hmm. Nothing against Justice Sotomayor, but I think Elena Kagan deserves a shout-out even more for her incredible grace and humor during her hearing, not to mention her obvious legal accomplishments.

  • Cindy

    Fantastic as usual.