Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She was nominated by President Barack Obama for appointment to the United States Supreme Court on May 26th, 2009, to replace retiring Justice David Souter.  Judge Sotomayor was born in the Bronx on June 25, 1954.  After her father died when she was nine, Sotomayor was raised by her mother.  She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.  After working as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City for five years, she entered private practice with Pavia & Harcourt, before being nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.  In 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.  If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Latina justice, and the third female justice, to serve on the Supreme Court.


 Sonia Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings begin on July 13, 2009 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Below is her opening statement.

To watch the full first day of hearings, please click here

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is tracking the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court on their RAC Blog.  (It even includes videos).

Jewish Council for Public Affairs, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism sponsored a national  conference call to discus the October 2008 Supreme Court Term.

Hosted by David Bohm, JCPA Executive Committee,

Moderated by Nancy Ratzan, NCJW President,

and featuring:

Emily Bazelon is a Senior Research Scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is a Senior Editor at Slate magazine where she writes about law and family, edits columns on health and law, and contributes to Slate's women's blog, XX Factor and its legal blog, Convictions. Ms. Bazelon is a graduate of both Yale College and Yale Law School where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law - Irvine, CA. He frequently argues appellate cases before the US Supreme Court and the US Courts of Appeals. He is lecturer at the Federal Judicial Center, the National Judicial College, the Center for Civic Education, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation and is a legal commentator and consultant for numerous media outlets.

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What to watch in Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings

By Glenn Thrush

Sonia Sotomayor still speaks with her elderly mom, who’s retired in Florida, “every day.”

She’s a “doting” aunt to three of her brother’s children and an “attentive godmother to five more.”

And did you know she was a “fearless and effective prosecutor” and anti-child-pornography crusader widely credited “with saving baseball”?

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Senate Sets Sotomayor Hearing Date

By Garance Franke-Ruta

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a date for the start of nomination hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be associate justice of the Supreme Court: July 13.

"In selecting this date I am trying to be fair to all concerned," said Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in a statement. "I want to be fair to the nominee and allow her the earliest possible opportunity to respond to the attacks made about her character."

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Life story, Israel trips tie Sotomayor to Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups don't endorse U.S. Supreme Court nominees, at least in writing.

The tears and choked sobs when Sonia Sotomayor accepted President Obama's nomination on Tuesday told another story.

Packed into the room along with Sotomayor's family, friends and colleagues were representatives of Jewish groups that have consulted with the White House about prospective replacements for David Souter.

The story of her life -- the daughter of a Puerto Rican single mother from the Bronx, N.Y., whose ambitions knew no bounds -- resounded with a community that has made the story of immigrant triumph over struggle a template of Jewish American success.

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 •  About Judge Sotomayor

 •  Judge Sotomayor's Opening Statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee

To watch the full first day of hearings, please click here.

 •  Judge Sotomayor's Senate Questionaire

 •  OU-IPA's Review of Judge Sotomayor's Religious Liberty Decisions

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has launched a new website regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.  This site helps citizens ask questions of Judge Sotomayor.  These questions will be forwarded to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

This site can be visted at www.askjudgesotomayor.org.