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Learn more about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor

President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the first Latina woman to the court should she be confirmed. There is a lot of interest in Judge Sotomayor, so I have rounded up a few sources that can help readers learn more about the judge.
  • The Law Library of the Library of Congress has put together a selective bibliography Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. There are a lot of good links here.
  • When a judge is nominated to a federal bench, whether it be a district court or the Supreme Court, they have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary has all nominees fill out a questionnaire. Here is that questionnaire, so you can see the actual questions. This link includes Sotomayor's answers.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued report on Sonia Sotomayor. (link to press release; link to the full report. Note the full report is 88 pages in PDF). This report is fairly comprehensive and looks at the judge's record on civil rights issues such as racial justice, voting rights, women's rights, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.
  • The Alliance for Justice has issued what it labels as an in-depth report of Sonia Sotomayor's record. The report's title is "Access to Justice." Link to the AFJ's press release here. Direct link to the report itself here (Note: PDF file; the report is 14 pages). This report is part of a series of reports that AFJ is providing. This particular one covers the following:  "access to justice issues encompass a number of procedural questions including justiciability, preemption, court-stripping, sovereign immunity, attorneys’ fees, interpretation of statutes of limitation and class-action certification. The report examines Judge Sotomayor’s record in each of these key areas and is based on her record both as a district and appeals court judge." If you visit the website, you can find other reports. AFJ is a public interest group, and it describes itself as "a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's, and consumer advocacy organizations."
Note that you can also do your own research on Sonia Sotomayor with the databases Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and Campus Research (Westlaw). Both of these are available in the library's homepage on the databases page here. These two databases are susbcription-based resources, and you do have to be affliliated with the university to use them. If you need assistance for using the databases, or with any other research needs, you can visit our reference desk. You can also contact us via the  phone (903-566-7343), via email (library AT uttyler DOT edu), or use the UT System Ask a Librarian. Update note: (7/21/09): Here is another resource I found on Judge Sotomayor. Via OpenCRS, a Congressional Research Service report on "Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions." The CRS is the investigative arm of Congress. Basically, they put together background research on any topic for Congress members so they can be prepared to make legislation.  From the abstract, "this report provides an analysis of selected opinions authored by Judge Sotomayor during her tenure as a judge on the Second Circuit. Discussions of the selected opinions are grouped according to various topics of legal significance." The link will take you to the abstract, and from there, you can download the report as PDF file. If you wish to learn more about the Congressional Research Service, its reports, or how to locate them, feel free to ask us.
Published by root on 12 Jun

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