By Mariela Rosario | 08/06/2009 - 15:10
The Senate just voted 68-31 in favor of confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor, officially making her the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States
We were moved to tears here in the Latina offices, similarly to how we felt on the evening on Nov. 6, 2008, when Barack Obama became the first African American President. Sonia Sotomayor—like President Obama—has a history deeply rooted in perseverance, education and the love of family and country.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/06/2009 - 09:26
The Senate is scheduled to hold a full vote on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Latina Supreme Court Justice today at 3 p.m. Although the results aren't really in question—with Democrats holding the majority and voting affirmatively across the board—we're looking forward to this moment with great anticipation!
By Mariela Rosario | 07/28/2009 - 13:29
The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to pass Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on to a full vote in the Senate. The committee voted 13-6 to confirm, split almost directly along party lines with all Democrats voting to confirm Sotomayor and only one Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, voting in her favor. “I feel good about Judge Sotomayor,” Graham stated.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/20/2009 - 14:00
Steven Colbert took to his show, The Colbert Report, to address the issues raised during last week's Senate Confirmation hearings about Sonia Sotomayor's life experiences and possible biases. He uses a really great analogy about band-aids and crayola crayons and the "neutrality" of the flesh colors that we really wish we had dreamt up first.
Check it out and tell us: Do you agree that the "impartiality" questions posed by many of the Republican senators last week were racist?
By Mariela Rosario | 07/14/2009 - 16:40
It has been very difficult to sit through today's questioning of Sonia Sotomayor without wanting to reach through the screen and shake one or two of these distinguished senators. Between the embarrassing fawning of the Democrats and the broken record recitation of her "wise Latina" comment by the Republicans, I can't say that I have learned much more about Judge Sonia Sotomayor than I knew before the hearing started.
By Miranda Noland | 07/13/2009 - 17:30
The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for the next Supreme Court justice began today on Capitol Hill and Sonia Sotomayor directly addressed those who have concerns about whether or not her personal experiences will adversely affect her ability to make impartial decisions. "In each case I have heard," Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I have applied the law to the facts at hand. My personal and professional experiences help me listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case."
By Mariela Rosario | 07/13/2009 - 09:21
After meeting with more than 80 senators and weathering weeks of intense scrutiny, Sonia Sotomayor looks forward to her Supreme Court confirmation hearings starting today. If confirmed, Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will be the 111th justice and the first Latino to ever sit on the nation's highest court.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/09/2009 - 10:48
Rosie Perez is eager to tackle the role of a lifetime by playing Sonia Sotomayor if a biopic of the Supreme Court nominee were ever to be made.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/08/2009 - 13:45
Sonia Sotomayor earned the highest praise possible from the American Bar Association, who yesterday announced that the appellate judge is ''well qualified'' to serve on the Supreme Court even as Republican politicos were attempting to rally against her.
At this point even Sen. Lindsey Graham, R, SC admitted, "The only way she can get derailed is if she performs poorly next
week." Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee also said although he was still undecided, "I honestly think I could vote for her."
By Mariela Rosario | 06/30/2009 - 17:00
The Supreme Court has reversed one of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's most controversial rulings involving white firefighters who sued the city of New Haven, Conn., for "reverse discrimination."