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Supreme Court, October 2010 - Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Newark, Del. The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.The justices decided in favor of former Alabama community College official Edward Lane, with Sotomayor saying Lane's testimony was constitutionally protected because he was speaking as a citizen on a matter of public concern, even if it covered facts he learned at work. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan await the start of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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Reporters got an unexpected photo-op on Saturday when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumped into Hillary Clinton at a Virginia Costco. (Maggie Haberman)

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Reporters got an unexpected photo-op on Saturday when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumped into Hillary Clinton at a Virginia Costco. (Maggie Haberman)

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Reporters got an unexpected photo-op on Saturday when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumped into Hillary Clinton at a Virginia Costco. (Maggie Haberman)

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Reporters got an unexpected photo-op on Saturday when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumped into Hillary Clinton at a Virginia Costco. (Maggie Haberman)

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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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**FILE** The current U.S. Supreme Court comprises (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony M. Kennedy. (The Washington Times)

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor smiles as she speaks at Yale University, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. Sotomayor, who grew up poor in the Bronx, described how she navigated new worlds making into Ivy League universities and then onto the nation’s highest court. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, top, responds to a question by moderator Judith Resnik, bottom, during a talk at Yale University, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. Sotomayor, who grew up poor in the Bronx, described how she navigated new worlds making into Ivy League universities and then onto the nation’s highest court. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, left, responds to a question by moderator Judith Resnik, right, during a talk at Yale University, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. Sotomayor, who grew up poor in the Bronx, described how she navigated new worlds making into Ivy League universities and then onto the nation’s highest court. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor smiles as she speaks at Yale University, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. Sotomayor, who grew up poor in the Bronx, described how she navigated new worlds making into Ivy League universities and then onto the nation’s highest court. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)