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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
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  • Justice Stevens retiring

     
    (updated again at 3 pm EDT) by James Oliphant and Christi Parsons Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican-appointed justice who emerged as a leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing over his 34-year tenure, announced his retirement today. Stevens sent.....
  • Obama's Supreme Court selection starts

     
    by Michael Muskal President Obama will meet with senators from both parties on April 21 to discuss the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court, the White House announced today. Scheduled to appear are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada,......
  • Rahm Emanuel: 'Mayor of Chicago'

     
    by Mark Silva Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff and former congressman from Chicago, has made it clear to friends that he'd like to run for mayor of Chicago. But tonight, he made it really clear, publicly, that......
  • Obama's partisan, electoral challenge

     
    by Mark Silva As President Barack Obama sets out to nominate his second member of the Supreme Court, he will meet today with leaders of both parties in the Senate who will be instrumental in confirming -- or resisting --......
  • Chicagoan joins Supreme Court search

     
    by Christi Parsons President Barack Obama is casting a wide net in his search for a new Supreme Court nominee, with the White House adding a federal judge from Chicago to its working list and soliciting suggestions from lawmakers in......
  • Obama's Supreme Court pick near

     
    by Mark Silva and updated President Barack Obama said today that he will recommend an appointee for the Supreme Court soon. Obama, weighing a field of as many as 10 potential candidates -- with most observers believing the real search......
  • Supreme Court bears support for cross

     
    by David Savage and updated at 12:40 pm EDT The Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a Christian cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers, saying the Constitution "does not require the eradication of all religious symbols......
  • Do race and gender matter for the Supreme Court?

    Do race and gender matter for the Supreme Court?
    Today's topic: Much has been made of the fact that Sonia Sotomayor would be the first Latina justice, and sitting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she feels "lonely" as the only woman on the bench. How much, if at all, does the ethnic and gender...
  • Resident In Sotomayor's Old Bronx Apartment Feels Pride

    Resident In Sotomayor's Old Bronx Apartment Feels Pride
    In Apartment 2F of Building 24 in the Bronxdale housing projects, a single Puerto Rican mother's sacrifices meant her daughter could one day be nominated to become only the third woman in the nation's history, and the first Latina, to sit on the U.S....
  • Is there a conflict between empathy and good judging?

    Is there a conflict between empathy and good judging?
    Today's topic: President Obama has come under fire for his "empathy" standard in selecting a Supreme Court nominee. Is there a conflict between considering the real-world implications of Supreme Court decisions and staying true to the intent of the...
  • Alito And Sotomayor Have Striking Similarities

    Alito And Sotomayor Have Striking Similarities
    Look at the resumes of the last two candidates for the Supreme Court - Justice Samuel Alito and recent nominee Sonia Sotomayor - and a surprising number of similarities emerge. Born four years apart, they both grew up Roman Catholic in modest homes...
  • Empathy, elections and justices

    Empathy, elections and justices
    Today's topic: How much of a mandate does President Obama have to structure the Supreme Court bench as he prefers? Elections matter, but don't expect the court to change much under Obama Point: Erwin Chemerinsky Presidential elections matter...