Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in on Saturday as the first Hispanic, and the third woman, to sit on the United States Supreme Court bench.
Sotomayor swore with her left hand on a Bible held by her mother to administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.
The oath was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, who read the text from a piece of paper.
“I, Sonia Sotomayor, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect for person, and to equal rights to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all of the duties incumbent upon me as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, under the constitution and laws of the United States, so help me God,” Sotomayor said, repeating Roberts’s reading of the oath.
Sotomayor's mother, Celina, and her brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor, stood beside her during the administration of the public oath.