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Letter to the full Senate in Support of Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

July 30, 2009

Dear Senator:


The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, urges your support for confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Sotomayor has a stellar 17 year record of service as a federal trial and appellate judge.  She has demonstrated a thorough understanding of a wide range of highly complicated legal issues, and has a strong reputation for deciding cases based upon careful application of the facts of cases to the law. 

During her confirmation hearing, Judge Sotomayor gave clear and consistent answers demonstrating her thorough understanding of a wide range of highly complicated legal issues and her commitment to fair-minded, ethical, and thoughtful decision-making.  Her record and personal background, as well as her responses during the hearing, indicate that she understands the judiciary’s role in protecting the rights of all Americans, in ensuring equal justice, and in respecting our Constitutional values. 

Judge Sotomayor has gained the respect of colleagues and judicial scholars from across the political spectrum for her exemplary qualifications and her deep respect for the law.  Again, we urge you to support confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sincerely,

Dennis Van Roekel
President