Introducing Judge Sonia Sotomayor:


Judge Sotomayor has made the American dream her own.

Born and raised in a South Bronx public housing project to Puerto Rican parents, Sotomayor has distinguished herself in academia, as a big-city prosecutor, and as a leading figure on the federal bench. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor would start with more federal judicial experience than any new Justice in 100 years.

First appointed to the Federal District Court by President George H.W. Bush, and then elevated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, Judge Sotomayor is widely admired as one the finest legal minds in America today. As a trail-blazing Latina whose career has spanned nearly every aspect of the law, Judge Sotomayor will show fidelity to the Constitution while bringing to the Court a common sense understanding of how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives.


 

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Here are just a few of the reactions to Judge Sotomayor's nomination:

Former Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Carter appointee Jon Newman said Sotomayor was “everything one would want in a first-rate judge.” NPR reported that Judge Newman called Sotomayor a brilliant lawyer and a fair-minded pragmatist. “She is everything one would want in a first-rate judge,” he said. [NPR, 5/27/09]

Lawyer and Supreme Court expert Tom Goldstein praises Sotomayor as “extremely entelligent” with “overwhelming qualifications."On MSNBC, Goldstein said, “Objectively, her qualifications are overwhelming from the perspective of ordinary Americans. She has been a prosecutor, private litigator, trial judge, and appellate judge. No one currently on the Court has that complete package of experience… The objective evidence is that Sotomayor is in fact extremely intelligent. Graduating at the top of the class at Princeton is a signal accomplishment. Her opinions are thorough, well-reasoned, and clearly written. Nothing suggests she isn’t the match of the other Justices.” [SCOTUS Blog, 5/26/2009]

Sen. Olympia Snowe called Sotomayor “well-qualified” and said her selection was “historic.” "Indisputably, this is an historic selection, as Sonia Sotomayor is just the third woman to be nominated to The Court and the first Hispanic American. I commend President Obama for nominating a well-qualified woman, as I urged him to do during a one-on-one meeting on a variety of issues in the Oval Office earlier this month. I also appreciate that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called me personally this morning to inform me of the President's selection.” [Snowe Statement, 5/26/09]

Founding Dean of UC-Irvine Law School said Sotomayor “Is an excellent choice because she is an outstanding judge.” Erwin Chemerinsky wrote, “But most of all, Sotomayor is an excellent choice because she is an outstanding judge. Her opinions are clearly written and invariably well-reasoned. My former students who have clerked for her rave about her as a judge and as a person. She has enormous experience as a lawyer and as a judge, both in the federal district court and the federal court of appeals. The bottom line is that the court will now have its third woman justice in history, its first Latina, and an individual who likely will be an excellent justice for decades to come.” [The New Republic, 5/26/09]