Resolution - Supporting the nomination and recognition of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice

WHEREAS, the current national LULAC National President Rosa Rosales urges a swift confirmation; and
WHEREAS, LULAC will work hard to ensure that Judge Sotomayor will receive a quick confirmation from the U.S. Senate; and
WHEREAS, Judge Sotomayor has received bipartisan support in the past and we expect strong bipartisan support for her as she stands on the threshold of making history for the Latino community; and
WHEREAS, Sotomayor is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and an editor of the Yale Law Journal, Sotomayor is an outstanding jurist who has had a long and distinguished career as a public servant, and since 1998, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and
WHEREAS, she was nominated by former President Clinton, Judge Sotomayor received broad bipartisan support in the Senate. Before her appointment to the Second Circuit, she served as a District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York a position for which she was nominated by former President George H.W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Even prior to her tenure on the federal bench, Judge Sotomayor demonstrated her commitment to public service and the rule of law by working as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office; and
WHEREAS, we thank President Obama for making history again by making the first nomination of a Latino to the U.S. Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court should reflect the diverse population of the United States to ensure that our nation's highest court understands the unique circumstances of Americans; and
WHEREAS, President Obama's nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court brings an outstanding jurist with more experience than any Supreme Court nominee in one hundred years along with the experience of growing up in a low income Latino family.


Approved this 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President