President Obama has selected his nominee for Supreme Court Justice to replace retiring Justice David Souter, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. We asked you earlier this month to contact President Obama and encourage him to nominate a candidate who reflects the diversity of this country. You responded and he listened. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Latina justice and the third female justice to serve on the court.
Please contact your Senators and ask them to confirm the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Click here to send your letter.
Judge Sotomayor has an impressive resume’. She graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She worked as an Assistant District Attorney in New York before entering private practice in 1984. She went on to be a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court and a highly regarded and accomplished appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
NASW believes that Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s compelling life story and her extensive, as well as distinguished, record of judicial service will serve the country well. The federal courts often are called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by this important document. For many Americans, the federal judiciary is the first line of defense against violations of dearly held constitutional principles; for others, it is the last bastion of hope in a system that has marginalized, mistreated or simply ignored them. The composition of the federal judiciary is a civil rights issue of great relevance to all Americans, because the individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on civil rights for all. To this end, the federal judiciary must be perceived by the public as an instrument of justice, and the individuals who are selected for this branch of government must be the embodiment of equity as well as impartiality.
In her 17 years on the bench, Judge Sotomayor’s legal opinions reflect the passion and commitment to enrich the lives of ordinary Americans while, also, reaching conclusions that improve America as a country founded on Democratic ideals and principles. Judge Sotomayor and her extensive legal work, in the view of social work, appeals to our nation and can provide insight on those issues which divide America and undermine the lives of vulnerable populations. In our system of checks and balances, the Senate has the constitutional role to advise and consent on federal judicial nominations. NASW affirms that Judge Sonia Sotomayor meets the criteria that is appropriately applied to nominees to these positions and should be confirmed.