As WPI Founder and Director Karen O'Connor notes, "Obama made the obvious choice for the Supreme Court, fulfilling two quota positions at once. He would also be putting the sixth Roman Catholic to serve on the high court. Until the 1960s, one seat on the court was held for a Roman Catholic. This nomination also fulfills both Justice Ginsburg and retired Justice O'Connor's wishes for another woman on the bench." Professor O'Connor, J.D./Ph.D. is a nationally recognized scholar and expert on the impact of women on the Supreme Court. She has published widely and in numerous journals about the impact of Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg on the court's decisions.
Sonia Sotomayor always wanted to become a lawyer. This morning at the White House, she described her nomination as “the most humbling honor of [her] life.” After graduating from
In November, 1991, Sotomayor was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming not only the youngest judge in the Southern District, but also the first Hispanic federal judge in all of
Sotomayor's nomination holds the possibility of bipartisan backing in the Senate. In 1998, she was confirmed to her current seat by winning the votes of several key Republican senators, some of whom are still in the Senate. If she is able to maintain their support, it is very likely that her nomination will be confirmed.
Written by Katerina Cinkova, WPI Summer Intern