A dozen NDLS faculty show support for Sotomayor

Author: Susan Good

Twelve full-time and adjunct faculty members at Notre Dame Law School are among the nearly 1,200 professors of law across the country who signed a letter supporting the speedy confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. The letter is addressed to Patrick Leahy, chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and Jefferson Sessions, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.

Notre Dame Professor of Law Joseph Bauer is one of the scholars backing Sotomayor’s confirmation. “Judge Sotomayor’s academic credentials are outstanding. She has extensive experience as a litigator, as a federal trial judge and, most recently, on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,” says Bauer. “As an academic, I have been very impressed by the high quality of her opinions. Her prompt confirmation will allow her to contribute to dealing with the heavy and difficult caseload facing the Supreme Court.”

According to the letter, which will be sent to Senators Leahy and Sessions today (Wednesday, July 8), Judge Sotomayor’s opinions “reflect careful attention to the facts of each case and a reading of the law that demonstrates fidelity to the text of statutes and the Constitution. She pays close attention to precedent and has proper respect for the role of courts and the other branches of government in our society.”

To read the letter in its entirety and view the list of signatories, click on this link.