Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Smithie to Play Key Role in SCOTUS Confirmation Process

As reported by the Grecourt Gate, Smith alumna Stephanie Cutter (’90) has been assigned to help shepherd the Supreme Court nominee (announced this morning as Sonia Sotomayor) through the confirmation process. Cutter was serving as Chief Spokeswoman for the Treasury Department. Cutter boasts an impressive political resume; she was Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the confirmations of Justices Roberts and Alito, aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, and a strategist for the Kerry campaign in 2004.

President Obama Names Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court

This morning, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill Justice David Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court upon his retirement at the end of the term. Judge Sotomayor is currently serving on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic justice on the Court, and only the third woman ever appointed. Sotomayor, raised by a widowed mother in New York, went on to Princeton and Yale Law School. She has worked in the New York City District Attorney’s office and in private practice, before being appointed to the federal district court by President George H.W. Bush and then to the federal appeals court by President Bill Clinton.

TDL will keep you posted on developments in the confirmation process.

Watch President Obama’s announcement and Judge Sotomayor’s remarks.

Read some of Judge Sotomayor’s past decisions.