Alejandra Siller shares who inspired her to consider a career in law.
The summer before my sophomore year of high school, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to serve as Supreme Court Justice. Before then, I had never considered a career as an attorney. I am a first generation American, first generation college graduate, and first lawyer in my family. I had seen many Latinas in movies and the news, but I had never seen one as an attorney – most attorneys on TV were old white men or Elle Woods (whom I always loved). Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not only an attorney, she was a judge! She was about to make history as the first Latina on the Supreme Court! I knew then that I didn’t have to be pigeonholed into a career just because it was the typical career for women like me. Rather, she taught me that I could make it as anything as long as I worked hard.
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