IN THE NEWS & IN HEINONLINE: President Obama Nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice

On Tuesday, May 26th, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. From the White House Blog:

"If confirmed for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years."

"In 1998, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country. She has participated in over 3000 panel decisions and authored roughly 400 opinions, handling difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations."

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her nomination as Supreme Court Justice would replace the retiring Justice David Souter. Judge Sotomayor has had rulings across a variety of areas including copyright, first, second and fourth amendment rights, abortion, employment discrimination, antitrust, civil rights, property rights, constitutional law, environmental law, corporate law, and much more.

To read scholarly law review articles related to Judge Sonia Sotomayor's rulings, we ran a text search in HeinOnline for "Judge Sotomayor" OR "Sonia Sotomayor", and retrieved 175 law review articles related to Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Many of the articles discuss key areas of Sotomayor's previous rulings, including:

  • The 1994 baseball strike
  • Her nomination by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and appointment as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • The high profile copyright case New York Times Co., Inc. v. Tasini
  • Her rulings in international law cases, discussions about property rights including the Krimstock v. Kelly case
  • Anti-trust issues
  • The New York City Campaign Finance program, of which Judge Sonia Sotomayor served as a member of the New York City Campaign Finance Board
  • Fourth amendment rights as ruled in the N.G. Ex Rel. S.C. v. Connecticut case
  • Civil rights issues and much more!
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In addition to these 175 articles that discuss various rulings and law-related issues, there are also three law review articles/comments written by Judge Sotomayor in HeinOnline from 1996-2005.

For additional information and various links to articles about Judge Sonia Sotomayor view the Wikipedia entry. Or check out the SCOTUS blog where they have a series of blog posts discussing some of Sotomayor's civil cases, her leading criminal law opinions, other opinions and notes about her record, discussions leading up to her nomination, and more.


  1. The Yale Law Journal Vol. 88: 825, 1979

    Statehood and the Equal Footing Doctrine:
    The Case for Puerto Rican Seabed Rights

  2. There can be no question of Judge Sotomayor's excellent academic, professional and judicial track record. She cannot be politicized, since she has been nominated for different judicial positions by both the Demoncratic and Republican party. It's a shame that politics - not statesmanship -has come into the fray. Having nowhere to attack, opponents recur to perceived, unfounded biases from her time with Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in order to attack her credibility. Racial bias coloring Supreme Court decisions? Have any of the opposing congress people ever read the Dred Scott v. Sandford or Balzac v. People of Porto Rico cases?