AAUW Supports Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor

July 23, 2009

AAUW just released a statement this afternoon supporting the confirmation of Judge Sotomayor. 

Lisa Goodnight,

AAUW Supports Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor
Judiciary Committee to Vote Next Week; Senate Floor Vote Expected by August 7

WASHINGTON – After carefully considering her 17-year record as a federal judge and closely reviewing her recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, AAUW is proud to announce its support of the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor, if confirmed, would become the first woman named to the high court since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993.

“Based on Judge Sotomayor’s depth of legal experience, her stellar academic credentials, and her mainstream judicial record, AAUW believes she will be a strong addition to the highest court in the land,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “She brings more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 100 years and, as the third woman and first Latina on the court, her confirmation will be a historic one that further breaks through barriers for all women.”

“As a nonpartisan organization with members from both sides of the aisle, AAUW is especially pleased to note that Judge Sotomayor was nominated by President George H.W. Bush­­ and President Bill Clinton to the district and appeals courts,” said Hallman. “She holds the unique distinction of being nominated to three federal judicial positions by three different presidents representing different political parties – a rarity in today’s partisan world of judicial confirmation battles.”

Justice Ginsburg has been quoted as saying that “Judge Sotomayor will bring to the Supreme Court, as she did to the district court and then the Court of Appeals, a wealth of experience in law and in life.”[i] AAUW agrees. Judge Sotomayor is well regarded for her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law, along with her commitment to stare decisis – two key priorities AAUW looks for in evaluating judicial nominations.

“After thoroughly reviewing her record, particularly how it relates to AAUW’s member-adopted, 2009-11 Public Policy Program, we believe Judge Sotomayor deserves swift confirmation,” said Lisa Maatz, AAUW director of public policy and government relations “Judge Sotomayor’s record is that of a mainstream judge who has earned the respect of her colleagues and admiration from members of both political parties. We believe she will bring these same qualities to the U.S Supreme Court.”



AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, more than 1,300 branches, and 400 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding more than 128 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.

Visit the AAUW website at www.aauw.org.

[i] The Blog of the Legal Times (June 14, 2009). Justice Ginsburg Welcomes Judge Sotomayor Nomination. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/06/jusitce-ginsburg-welcomes-sotomayor-nomination.html.

Lisa Goodnight By:   |   July 23, 2009

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