Support For Sotomayor
Chamber of Commerce and Labor Lawyers Join Law Enforcement, Civil Rights Groups and More to Endorse Nominee
Associate Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor has received support from national law enforcement organizations, civil rights organizations, bar associations, business organizations, and law practitioners across the country. On Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the latest organization to endorse the nomination. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination on Tuesday, July 28.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “Judge Sotomayor is well-qualified to serve.”
“Pursuant to our long-standing endorsement policy, the Chamber evaluated Judge Sotomayor’s record from the standpoint of legal scholarship, judicial temperament, and an understanding of business and economic issues. Based on the Chamber’s evaluation of her judicial record, Judge Sotomayor is well-qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her extensive experience both as a commercial litigator and as a trial judge would provide the U.S. Supreme Court with a much needed perspective on the issues that business litigants face. Consistent with her Senate testimony, the Chamber expects Judge Sotomayor to engage in fair and evenhanded application of the laws affecting American businesses.” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, July 23, 2009)
“Judge Sotomayor’s rich background, sharp and independent mind, in addition to her record of excellence and integrity, make her especially qualified to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. As she has demonstrated throughout her career, these important qualities will give her valuable insights into the real-world consequences of the cases she will rule upon as a member of the Supreme Court, including those affecting the nation’s workers.” (National Employment Lawyers Association, July 21, 2009)
Civil Rights Organizations: Judge Sotomayor “well qualified” with a “respect for the Constitution.”
“We believe that the members of the Lawyer’s Committee who have joined us in support of Judge Sotomayor have done so because the record demonstrates that Judge Sotomayor is well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice, with a record of judicial service characterized by both its longevity and its quality.” (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, July 9, 2009)
“In short Judge Sotomayor has an incredibly compelling personal story and a deep respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. Her long and rich experiences as a prosecutor, litigator, and judge match or even exceed those of any of the Justices currently sitting on the Court.” (Joint Letter from more than 50 civil rights organizations, July 7, 2009)
Law Enforcement: Judge Sotomayor has a “deep appreciation” for law enforcement challenges.
“Throughout her career, Judge Sotomayor has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of, and a deep appreciation for, the challenges and complexities confronting our Nation’s law enforcement officers. As a prosecutor, and at the District and Circuit Courts, Judge Sotomayor has clearly displayed her profound dedication to ensuring that our communities are safe and that the interests of justice are served. (International Association of Chiefs of Police, July 10, 2009)
Judge Sotomayor has also received the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Sheriffs Association, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Latino Peace Officers Association, the Major Cities Chiefs, Police Executive Research Forum, and the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association.
Women Lawyers: Judge Sotomayor is “impartial” and has “real-world perspective.”
Legal Momentum commends to the Senate Judiciary Committee the record of Judge Sotomayor’s rulings and the success of her long career as clear indicators of her judicial philosophy, and unparalleled qualifications, and urges the Committee to evaluate her on the basis of her testimony and the numerous independent studies of her judicial record, all of which make clear that Judge Sotomayor is a fair and impartial jurist. President Obama made an inspired choice in his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, July 21, 2009)
“The Center’s review of the totality of Judge Sotomayor’s legal record has led the Center to conclude that Judge Sotomayor will bring a real-world perspective, much-needed diversity of experience and background, considerable legal acumen, and a fair-minded approach to the court.” (National Women’s Law Center, July 21, 2009)
Judge Advocates General: Judge Sotomayor “should be confirmed.”
“Judge Sotomayor is well-qualified for the Supreme Court and should be confirmed. She has earned a reputation for careful, narrowly-tailored decisions in seventeen years as a federal judge, applying the law impartially, and faithfully honoring precedent and the rule of law. Earlier in her career, she impressed her colleagues as a focused and hard-working prosecutor and corporate litigator. She has distinguished herself in each role, displaying rigorous thinking and careful attention to the facts before her. Judge Sotomayor would serve the Court, and the nation, well.” (Joint Letter from Brigadier General James P. Cullen, USA (Ret.), Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter, USN (Ret.), Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, USN (Ret.), July 22, 2009)