With her left hand planted firmly on a Bible held by her 82-year-old mother Celina, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in on Saturday, Aug. 8, as the first Latina Supreme Court justice of the United States of America.
Taking an oath to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich," Sotomayor finally reached the pinnacle of her historic journey from the housing projects to the marble courtroom. "Congratulations and welcome to the court," Chief Justice John Roberts told the 55-year-old Sotomayor. She became the 111th justice, the first Hispanic and only the third woman, after Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to ever hold a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court.
Sotomayor's swearing-in was the first ever televised ceremony for a Supreme Court justice. Most of the crowd at the ceremony consisted of family and friends of the judge, but Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and White House counsel Greg Craig also attended.
It was not all pomp and circumstance for the newest Supreme Court judge, however. Justice Roberts made it abundantly clear how much work Sotomayor has waiting, saying he'd like her to "begin work as associate justice without delay." The Court is set to hear a landmark campaign finance case on Sept. 9.