Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

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Dr. Kermit Roosevelt
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania

• Researches and teaches constitutional law and conflict of laws.
• Former clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Souter

“Judge Sotomayor fits most of the criteria Obama wanted. She's female, smart and relatively young. And her experience growing up in a Bronx housing project gives her an understanding of how the world works for people on the outside. Protecting the powerful has been a theme of the Roberts Court, and Judge Sotomayor probably understands that the politically weak are also entitled to the shelter of the Constitution. Her professional experience is essentially as a lawyer and judge appointed by George H.W. Bush We can't know yet how effective she'll be at reaching out to other justices, which I think will the key determinant of her success. “