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BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her trailblazing legal career.
The women's liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced Tuesday that Sotomayor will receive the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal, given to women who embody "the intelligence, drive and independence" of the Oscar-winning actress. Hepburn was a 1928 graduate of Bryn Mawr.
School officials say Sotomayor shows "an unflinching commitment to justice and a fundamental dedication to real equality in our diverse society."
Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Aug. 8, 2009.
In her five years on the nation's highest court, she has proven herself to be a voice for the underprivileged who often argues for greater protections for people outside the mainstream of power. Sotomayor is also known as a tireless worker and an incisive questioner whose concerns, as Jeffrey Toobin has written, tend “toward the earthbound and practical.”
She will receive the Hepburn Medal on April 17.
The medal is also named for the actress' mother, Katharine Houghton Hepburn. She was an early women's rights activist and 1900 Bryn Mawr graduate.
Previous recipients include actress Lauren Bacall and rocker Patti Smith.