Fed­eral appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, Pres­i­dent Obama’s first Supreme Court nom­inee, was hon­ored two years ago this month at North­eastern University’s School of Law com­mence­ment ceremony.

The first His­panic Supreme Court nom­inee in Amer­ican his­tory, Sotomayor received an hon­orary Doctor of Laws from North­eastern on May 25, 2007. She was described at the cer­e­mony as “a trail­blazing lawyer, dis­tin­guished jurist and inspiring role model.”

Sotomayor has also pro­vided invalu­able experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties on the fed­eral appeals court to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law students.

Sonia Sotomayor rep­re­sents the very best of Amer­ican values and suc­cess,” said Roger Abrams, Richardson pro­fessor of law at North­eastern, who wrote about Sotomayor’s land­mark 1995 deci­sion ending a Major League Base­ball strike. “If con­firmed by the Senate, she will demon­strate, as she has throughout her career, that integrity, hon­esty and deter­mi­na­tion will lead to a better America.”

In 2008, U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Stephen Breyer gave the com­mence­ment address at Northeastern’s School of Law, praising the grad­u­ates’ com­mit­ment to public ser­vice and urging them to con­tinue on that path in their pro­fes­sional lives.