The View: Justice Sonia Sotomayor My Beloved World Review


The View: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Overcoming such obstacles in life as diabetes, an alcoholic father, and an emotionally remote mother, the road to being the first Hispanic supreme court justice was not an easy one for Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote about all of it in her new memoir My Beloved World. Despite her accomplishments, Sonia wasted no time in letting everyone know how nervous she was to be on the show. Trivia time: she’s the first supreme court justice to be on The View!

The View: Sonia Sotomayor Nickname

“It’s a hard line to walk,” said Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She believes that it is very important to expect that level of respect while in the courtroom, but she also wants to have her friends calling her Sonia. This dichotomy is even more apparent in her assistant, who has been with her for 20 years. Once they walk into the courtroom, her name is Justice. Once they cross the threshold on their way out, however, it instantly becomes Sonia. This is a very telling example of the two very different personas the woman must take on to perform in the Supreme Court.


The View: My Beloved World Review

The View: Justice Sonia Sotomayor My Beloved World Review

Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked about her new memoir, My Beloved World. (K2 images /

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not exactly have the most ideal childhood. Her father was an alcoholic, she was diagnosed at age seven with diabetes and had to administer her own shots because her mother was so distant. However, with Sonia sitting on the Supreme Court and her little brother going on to become a doctor, this is most definitely a tale of overcoming the odds.

So how did she make it happen? “I’m stubborn,” she said, and her brother fell under her influence, taking on a “I will just not quit” mentality. Failure, and the fear of it, is what stops people from trying new things, said Sotomayor. Very early on, however, she realized that the pain wrought from failure passes very quickly, and it is for this reason that she dives headlong into everything she does.


A small anecdote to speak to this mentality: when she was young, Sonia wanted to hear what her voice sounded like,  so she put a pail over her head to isolate her voice. Well, it turned out that she couldn’t get it off, and the fire department had to be called to remove it. Headlong, indeed.

The View: Justice Sotomayor Fear

Despite this headlong mentality, Sonia Sotomayor does admit to experiencing trembling and fear when placed into new situations. The biggest tactic she uses is to acknowledges the fear, and that admission allows her to move past it much easier. Given the importance and consequences of the cases she takes on, she must always be ready to move past her fear.

The View: Sonia Sotomayor Affirmative Action

Still a touchy subject, Affirmative Action is of course looked at with an individual of Hispanic descent. What Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor believes in is just seeing employers searching further than they normally would for people. She doesn’t want employers to just go to the same schools they normally go to to find employees, nor does she want colleges to take only certain kinds of students. As for whether or not she still thinks it has a place in today’s society, Sotomayor was tight-lipped on the matter, due to the fact that the Supreme Court has an affirmative action case on its docket right now.

The View: Sonia Sotomayor Thought Obama Was Crazy

She was a prosecutor, a partner in a law firm, and then a federal court judge for 17 years and yet, when President Obama picked her to be on the Supreme Court, she thought him to be crazy! If you think that requires an explanation given a legal career like that, don’t worry, Sonia Sotomayor explained.

It would appear that she could use a lesson in self confidence, because when she found out she was a nominee to be on the Supreme Court, Sonia made a pro and con list about herself, and the “con” list was quit lengthy: she’s a New Yorker (most of the justices sitting on the Supreme Court now are New Yorkers), she’s been labeled liberal by a lot of people, and there has been controversy about her appointments in the past. Given these controversies, she didn’t think that he would pick her. However, she is very thankful that she did.


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