June 11, 2009
Reaction to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court continues to reach across the Web.We caught up with Susan Low Bloch, a professor of law at Georgetown University and co-author of Bloch, Jackson, and Krattenmaker’s Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and Its Procedures, 2d., published by West, to learn her thoughts of the nomination.
“Judge Sotomayor is no novice to the confirmation process and should appeal to a wide array of people. She was first appointed to the federal trial court by a Republican, the first President Bush, and then elevated to the federal appeals court by a Democrat, President Clinton,” says Bloch. “She has successfully handled two U.S. Senate confirmation hearings. I predict, by the first Monday in October 2009, we will see Justice Sotomayor take Justice Souter’s seat.”
Sotomayor, if confirmed, will become the first Hispanic American on the Supreme Court. She also is the third woman nominated to the Court and, if confirmed, will join Justice Ruth Ginsburg so that, once again, the Court would have two women on the bench.
“Judge Sotomayor brings to the Court an excellent academic background, impressive legal credentials and judicial experience making her an extremely well-qualified nominee,” Bloch said.
Although Bloch believes Sotomayor is a worthy nominee, she doesn’t believe the Senate will give her an easy time. “There will undoubtedly be a number of senators who will argue that she will legislate from the bench and that, therefore, she should not be confirmed. It will be her job to satisfy those senators that she can, and will, follow the law and not make it.”