Sunday, July 12, 2009

Field guide to Sotomayor hearings

At 10 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on President Barack Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor (right), since 1998 a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to succeed Justice David H. Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. Herewith, a crib sheet:
► All IntLawGrrls' prior posts on Sotomayor are here; of particular interest may be her views on international law; judging and empathy; and legal realism and the Court.
Watch the hearing in person at Room 216, Hart Senate Office Building (good luck getting in). Webcast available here.
► A list of the Senators on the Committee -- for the Democrats, 2 women and 10 men, for the Republicans, 7 men -- is here.
► The list of witnesses scheduled for the hearing is here. A fraction of those on the list are women. For the American Bar Association, there'll be Kim Askew and Mary Boies. To be called by the Democrats: Temple Law Dean JoAnne A. Epps, on behalf of the National Association of Women Lawyers; Patricia Hynes, President of the New York City Bar Association; Ramona Romero, National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association; Yale Law Professor Kate Stith; and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. To be called by the Republicans: Linda Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity; Sandy Froman, past President, National Rifle Association; George Mason Law Professor Neomi Rao; and Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life.
How long will this confirmation process take? Predictions welcome.

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