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Sotomayor sworn in as Associate Justice

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administered the Constitutional Oath to Judge Sonia Sotomayor in a private ceremony in the Justices’ Conference Room on Saturday August 8, 2009. Mrs. Celina Sotomayor, the mother of the new Associate Justice, held the family Bible during the ceremony. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was the only other member of the court in attendance.
Justice Sotomayor then took Judicial Oath before a larger gathering of 60 friends and family members in the East Conference Room, and, for the first time, television cameras recorded the event.

On Sept. 8, the Supreme Court will hold a special invitation-only investiture ceremony at which Justice Sotomayor will take her seat on the dais for the first time. President Obama was not present at today’s swearing-in, but the White House will host a reception for Justice Sotomayor on Wednesday.