By now most of you have read or heard that President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice David Souter. Judge Sotomayor is currently an appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit based in New York. She also served on the federal district bench before joining the Court of Appeals. The following links are useful to anyone who wants to get up-to-speed on Judge Sotomayor and her judicial philosophy.
- Michael Fox has done a good summary of Judge Sotomayor’s appellate opinions in employment cases. You can find that summary here.
- The Supreme Court of the United States Blog has done a comprehensive review of Judge Sotomayor’s civil opinions. You can find a four part review of those opinions at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. For extra credit, here is the blog’s summary of Judge Sotomayor’s civil opinions with dissents (here).
- The WSJ.com discusses what effect, if any, Judge Sotomayor’s diabetes might have on the confirmation process. The article can be found here. The WSJ.com also has views of Judge Sotomayor’s appointment from commentators on the Left and Right.
Given that Judge Sotomayor has twice obtained Senate confirmation, most commentators are expecting that her appointment will be confirmed.