Obama will be announcing today that he is appointing Sonia Sotomayor, a 55 year old Puerto Rican judge as his replacement for David Souter, according to Politico.
According to the Huffingtonpost, she, has "16 years of court experience who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Sotomayor is a graduate of Yale Law and an editor of the Yale Law Review. She shares a biographical footnote with Souter: they both were appointed by George H. W. Bush -- Sotomayor to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1992. Sotomayor was elevated to the appeals court by President Clinton."
"Sotomayor spent five years as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney before going into private practice as a commercial litigator. During that time she also served on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and State of New York Mortgage Agency, where she helped provide mortgage insurance coverage to low-income housing and AIDS hospices."
Sotomayo was appointed by President George Herbert Walker Bush to a seat on U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Making the nomination, President Obama, said she is "an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great Justice.”
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