Sonia Sotomayor Nominated to the US Supreme Court

President Obama today nominated Sonia Sotomayor to fill the vacancy in the county’s highest Court. Much has already been written about her public service, and extensive legal knowledge and experience as a federal judge. With 17 years as a federal judge, some have called her the most experienced judge to have ever been nominated to the Supreme Court. President Obama cited her rigorous intellect and mastery of the law, and her recognition of the limits of the judicial role as her most important qualities. Several conservatives expressed concerns about her record and labeled her a “judicial activist.” This term has a negative connotation and typically refers to judges who do not follow established law but their own ideological views. The truth is all judges at one point or another exercise judicial activism. Sonia Sotomayor is a daughter of Puerto Rican parents who came to the US during the Second World War. She grew up in the Bronx and had a humble upbringing. If confirmed, she would be the first Latina judge to be appointed to the Court. I will be following this confirmation process with great interest. It will be interesting to see which path the confirmation hearing will take. I, along with many others, have begun to scour all possible sources to gain deeper understanding of her views on immigration law. There are undoubtedly many critical immigration law issues the Court will be dealing with in the foreseeable future. We will sure to bring them to you on our blog as soon as we learn about them.