The Hanging of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

The Hanging of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Urban Health Plan Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by Honoring Judge Sonia Sotomayor


Bronx, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 17, 2007–“When exactly is this hanging of the judge?” the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor innocently questioned the founder of Urban Health Plan. While her portrait will bear the brunt of the hanging, the occasion to which the first Puerto Rican woman federal court judge refers will take place on September 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. when she is inducted into the Wall of Fame at Urban Health Plan, Inc.

A fitting start to Hispanic Heritage Month, Judge Sotomayor will be honored for her years of service to the US judicial system and the American people. As only the second woman and second Puerto Rican to be appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has been a mentor and inspiration to the Latino community throughout her entire career. She will enjoy good company in Urban Health Plan’s Wall of Fame where her portrait will hang next to that of the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Richard Carmona. Both are former patients of Urban Health Plan’s founder, Dr. Richard Izquierdo.

“Judge Sotomayor and Urban Health Plan really grew up together,” explains Paloma Hernandez, president and CEO of UHP. “We’re very proud of all she has accomplished, and we’re honored to induct her into our Wall of Fame.”

Sonia Sotomayor spent her childhood in the Bronx. She was raised by a strong mother who emphasized the importance of hard work and education, two values that came to shape Sonia’s future successes. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, Sotomayor went on to earn degrees from Princeton in 1976 and Yale Law School in 1979. She then joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and later the prestigious private law firm of Pavia and Harcourt, where she spent four and a half years as a partner. In 1992 Sotomayor received a seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sotomayor became the center of controversy in 1997 when President Clinton announced her nomination for the Court of Appeals. Labeling her a “liberal” and “activist judge,” Republican Party forces tried to block her candidacy amid speculation she was in line to be the first Hispanic nominated to the Supreme Court. (Her name was in fact raised again by Senate Democrats in 2005 as a possible replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.) The Hispanic community rallied behind her nomination, and in 1998 the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Urban Health Plan, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(3), federally qualified community health center licensed by New York State as an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center and certified by

the Joint Commission. UHP has more than 30 years of experience delivering quality primary and specialty health care services to the residents of the South Bronx communities of Hunts Point, Morrisania and Mott Haven. In 2006, UHP delivered care to over 27,000 patients who accounted for 145,000 visits.

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Bronx, NY


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The Hanging of Judge Sonia Sotomayor