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Sonia Sotomayor's first venture into private practice came from running her own solo firm, Sotomayor & Associates, out of her Brooklyn apartment, from 1983-86.

In 1984, she joined the firm Pavia & Harcourt, which employs about 30 lawyers. Sotomayor specialized in litigating intellectual property rights and international law. She says she spent a lot of time tracking down manufacturers of Fendi (designer accessories) knock-offs and prosecuting them.

Sotomayor was made a partner in the firm in 1988, and remained there until 1992, when President George H. W. Bush nominated her to be a judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has served in the federal judiciary ever since.

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Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 until her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009. Prior to that she served as a US District Court judge for the Southern District of New York (1992-1998).

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Bill Clinton appointed her to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before that, she was at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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