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Sonia’s neighborhood

Between Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor’s new memoir and the accompanying media blitz, you may feel like you’ve learned everything about the justice in recent weeks. But the Washington Post ups the ante by going to her Washington neighborhood in the U Street section of the city to find out even more.

Sotomayor’s neighbors describe her as a nice, friendly woman who hosts dinner parties, apparently eats lots of takeout and kindly warns her motorcycle-riding neighbors to “be careful.” And in the neighborhood, everyone just calls the justice “Sonia.”

Sotomayor thought Obama was ‘crazy’ to nominate her

Continuing to make the media rounds to promote her memoir, Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor told Oprah Winfrey that she was shocked to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court.

“I thought he was crazy,” Sotomayor said of President Barack Obama in an interview with Winfrey for O Magazine. “No, seriously—I am not a betting woman, but I kept telling my friends, ‘He’s never gonna pick me.’ Not in a million years. I’m very rational, and I’m another New Yorker—at the time there were a few others—and I’d had a very contentious nomination to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. I couldn’t figure out why he’d elect to go into a battle over me. And so I was in total disbelief when I was called that day.”

School closing leaves Sotomayor ‘heartbroken’

School-aged Sotomayor

As Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor tours the country to promote her new autobiography, which recounts her humble upbringing in the Bronx, she’s also mourning the closing of her childhood school.

The Blessed Sacrament School, one of several Catholic schools scheduled to be shuttered for budgetary reasons, was a haven for budding Supreme Court justice, Sotomayor told the New York Times.

“I’m heartbroken,” Sotomayor said about the closing. “You know how important those eight years were? It’s symbolic of what it means for all our families, like my mother, who were dirt-poor. She watched what happened to my cousins in public school and worried if we went there, we might not get out. So she scrimped and saved. It was a road of opportunity for kids with no other alternative.”

Sotomayor’s fitness tip

Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor, in the middle of a media blitz and tour to promote her new autobiography, hasn’t limited her interview topics to her tough upbringing and legal career. Speaking at an event in New York this week, the Supreme Court justice was also giving out fitness tips.

“As Latinos, we do a lot of salsa, and that’s healthy,” Sotomayor said, according to the Huffington Post.  She even pointed to fitness trends such as the Latin dance-inspired zumba as proof. “What do you think they’re doing in the gyms right now?” she asked. “They’re doing salsa!”

Sotomayor set to hit the book tour circuit

In recent years we’ve seen Justices Antonin G. Scalia and Stephen G. Breyer making appearing across the country and speaking to the media about their latest books. Now it’s Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor’s turn to hit the road in the role of author.

Sotomayor has a series of speaking events and media appearances that will begin this month as she promotes her upcoming memoir, “My Beloved World,” which hits bookshelves next week. But the book tour of Sotomayor, who counts celebrities like Jennifer Lopez as personal friends, will have a little added pizzazz. In one stop Sotomayor will appear with actress Eva Longoria, and the justice will also sit for an interview on “60 Minutes.”

Biden swears by Sotomayor

While tradition dictates that the chief justice of the United States swears in the president during inauguration ceremonies, the vice president gets to choose the person who administers his oath.

And Vice President Joe Biden’s choice is Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor.

In a statement, Biden called it “one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the court.”

“From the first time I met her, I was impressed by Justice Sotomayor’s commitment to justice and opportunity for all Americans, and she continues to exemplify those values today. Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend – and someone I know will continue to do great things,” Biden said.

The BLT Blog’s Tony Mauro points out that female Supreme Court justices have been a popular choice among vice presidents on inauguration day. Sandra Day O’Connor swore in Dan Quayle, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg administered the oath to Al Gore.

The occasional regret of Sotomayor

In her upcoming biography, Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor writes that she occasionally feels regret over one title she has never had: mother.

According to the Associated Press, Sotomayor writes in “My Beloved World,” which will be released in English and Spanish next month, that decision not to have or adopt children was based in part on the fact that she is diabetic, a condition she’s had since childhood. One several occasions during her life, she writes according to the AP, the disease caused her to lose consciousness and be found by a college roommate, a client, and even a friend’s dog. But, she writes, such episodes were never frequent and have been rare in the last decade.

Sotomayor is expected to start making press appearances to promote the book soon, including an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” next month.

Supreme fashion plates

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently honored by Glamour magazine, and on Monday, Ginsburg brought some glamour to the bench.

Those who attend Supreme Court oral arguments regularly already know that Ginsburg has a fondness for accessorizing – she has an array of white lace jabots that she likes to switch up from day to day to add some flair to her black robe. But on Monday, Ginsburg made a fashion statement with a new piece of bling around her neck.

The folks at the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column got the scoop on Ginsburg’s new bauble. It was a Banana Republic lace bib necklace that Ginsburg received in the gift bag at Glamour’s “Women of the Year” awards.

Perhaps Ginsburg was emboldened to make bolder fashion statements on the bench by her colleague Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who can usually be seen donning shiny dangling earrings and cuff bracelets while grilling attorneys in the courtroom. Lately Sotomayor also has been wearing a more tailored, slimmer fitting black robe during arguments instead of the traditional pleated tent-like style.