While most Supreme Court justices are known to be private, even reclusive in some cases, Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor is taking a different path. Since coming to Washington in 2009, Sotomayor has become “the hippest member of the bench,” according to the Washingtonian.
The magazine points to several bits of evidence that the justice has gone from Sonia from the Bronx to the belle of the District:
Instead of settling in the suburbs of D.C. or the solitude of the Watergate in Washington like some of her colleagues, Sotomayor rented a pad in Cleveland Park before buying a condo in the U Street corridor – one of city’s hippest neighborhoods. (A DC Dicta spy recently spotted the court’s first Latina justice strolling along 14th Street, sans entourage.)
In her free time she’s been seen salsa dancing or partying with chef José Andrés at his Penn Quarter eatery Jaleo. She hangs with the likes of Eva Longoria, J.Lo and Oprah. She’s a hit with the kids, appearing on Sesame Street twice. Vice President Joe Biden even rearranged his own schedule so that Sotomayor could fit his swearing-in ceremony around her book-signing appearances.
“She’s breaking the mold and lighting it on fire,” SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein told the magazine.