Bronx Terminal Market and Related Companies today unveiled a statue honoring the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sotomayor unveiled the statue with eighth grade students from I.S. 303 Leadership and Community Service School. Justice Sotomayor was born and raised in the Bronx at the Bronxdale Houses, which were named after her in 2010, and graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School as valedictorian. Bronx Terminal Market and Related Companies commissioned the bust sculpture of Justice Sotomayor from renowned artists Gillie and Marc.
“As the first Hispanic-American Supreme Court Justice, Justice Sotomayor is the very definition of a trailblazer whose impact on the Bronx and beyond is profound,” said Glenn Goldstein, President of Related Retail. “Bronx Terminal Market and Related are focused on celebrating community and the people who inspire us, which is why we are extremely proud to honor Justice Sotomayor with a lasting tribute to her tremendous accomplishments.”
Artists Gillie and Marc state: “It has been the greatest honour of our lives to create a bust of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has always been our hero. With her dedication to the judicial process and fighting spirit, Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to everyone, but especially to all those who feel marginalized or underrepresented. We all owe her our gratitude and respect.”
Justice Sotomayor began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979-1984. From 1984-1992, she litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia and Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated her to the Southern District of New York, where she served in that role from 1992-1998. Justice Sotomayor was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she sat from 1998-2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, a role she assumed on August 8, 2009.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, receiving the Pyne Prize, the highest academic honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate.
Located in the heart of The Bronx just across the street from Yankee Stadium, Bronx Terminal Market dates back to 1935. Bronx Terminal Market is a vibrant mix of modern architecture, diverse shopping and colorful history. Built on a sprawling 17-acre site that once was the area’s bustling center for wholesale fruits and vegetables, Bronx Terminal Market continues to be a popular community gathering place for shopping, dining, entertainment and events.