September 9, 2009 — Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday officially took her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in a formal ceremony attended by President Obama and Vice President Biden, the Washington Post reports. Sotomayor was sworn in as a member of the court on Aug. 8 following her confirmation by the Senate (Barnes, Washington Post, 9/9).
On Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the judicial oath in which Sotomayor pledged to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich," after which she took her seat at the far right side of the bench (Liptak, "The Caucus," New York Times, 9/8). In concluding the four-minute ceremony, Roberts said, "We wish for you a long and happy career in our common calling." Several other lawmakers, judges, family members and friends also attended the ceremony (Washington Post, 9/9).