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Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide

This guide explains the nomination process and suggests resources for further research into the nominations of more recently confirmed Supreme Court Justices.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Nominee to Replace Justice David H. Souter (Confirmed)

On May 26, 2009 President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter on the United States Supreme Court. The White House blog has a video of President Obama announcing the nominee and a transcript of the event.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings from July 13 to July 16. On August 6, the Senate confirmed Judge Sotomayor. She was sworn in on August 8th.

Biographies of Judge Sotomayor

Supreme Court Nomination Confirmation Hearings & Senate Action

Other Confirmation Hearings

Publications by Judge Sotomayor

Opinions and Court Documents

Selected opinions from Judge Sotomayor, as compiled by the New York Times

Materials related to Ricci v. DeStefano (New Haven firefighters case)

Analysis of Judge Sotomayor's opinions by the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Analysis of Judge Sotomayor's opinions by the SCOTUSBLOG:

Other Resources

Law Library of Congress Guide
Compilation of News and Commentary from National Law Journal
American Bar Association Nominee Ratings