Sonia Sotomayor's First Day on the Job

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was surrounded by a small group of close friends and family at her investiture ceremony today in which the court formally welcomes its newest member. Former Latina Editor-in-Chief Sandra Guzman was there and gave us the inside scoop on what went down behind closed doors.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, former Justice John Souter and even Senator Lindsey Graham were all in attendance. But the coolest guest—besides Sotomayor's mami, Celina—had to be Ricky Martin, who was personally invited by the justice after they met at a private dinner held at Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's house in Sotomayor's honor. 

Guzman told us, "It was one of those moments that you know will be etched in your memory forever. You'll be able to tell your friends, your parents, your children." She also said that President Obama was absolutely beaming, very proud that as the first African American president in the history of the United States he was able to make history yet again by nominating a Latina to the Supreme Court. 

Sotomayor was ready for work thanks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who gifted the newest justice with a white decorative collar that she could wear under her judges robe, which for hundreds of years have been made for men. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg has this vast collection of lace collars, called dickies, from around the world. She has them from South Africa, France, England—I guess in those countries, they have female justices?" Guzman shared with a laugh. 


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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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