How can we not be proud of the selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Sotomayor “is an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice,” Obama said at a White House announcement.
She “has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice,” he added.
Obama said Sotomayor would bring more experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the Supreme Court when appointed.
“Thank you, Mr. President, for the most humbling honor of my life,” Sotomayor said.
I think it obvious that we need to not only have first rate minds on the highest judicial benches in this nation, but also have ones that reflect who we are as a nation.
Judge Sotomayor scores high on each point.
By all accounts over the past weeks that various names have been in play for the nomination, there has been a continuous refrain of how committed Judge Sotomayor is to the law. Almost in the same breath is the acknowledgement of how intelligent she is. Those are the essential ingredients with which to start.
In the weeks to come as the Senate hearings get underway we will be able to more fully appreciate her judicial philosophy, and the way she will treat cases that come before her. If her past is prelude, then we have a very dedicated and fine public servant about to be the next member of the United States Supreme Court.
The fact she is a Hispanic woman is the very demographic that the Court needs at this time. Having only one woman currently on the bench is unacceptable, as is not having any Hispanic. Our nation needs as much diversity in our courts as we have at the local mall, and workplaces of this land.
There is every reason to feel proud today. And I think with her placement on the Court we have every reason to be assured that our laws will be treated with the full respect and understanding that they need in this new century.