Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Trader Joes.JPGWhen Justice Sonia Sotomayor needs to stock up on her beloved rice, beans and pork, where does she go? One might peg the Supreme Court’s newest member — a liberal, a lawyer, a Greenwich Village resident — as a typical Whole Foods customer.
But perhaps Justice Sotomayor, in a show of support to the president who appointed her to the Supreme Court, is participating in the Whole Foods boycott? Her Honor was spotted shopping for groceries last Thursday at Whole Foods archrival Trader Joe’s, in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, DC.
The Sotomayor sighting was noted briefly in the Washington Post. But an ATL tipster, who actually met and chatted with Justice Sotomayor at Trader Joe’s, has more details.

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Supreme Court hallway Above the Law Above the Law Above the Law.JPGThe complete, official list of Supreme Court clerks for October Term 2009 — i.e., the clerks who recently arrived at One First Street — will be released by the Public Information Office shortly, perhaps by the end of this week. We’ve previously listed many of the Court’s OT 2009 law clerks in these pages.
But we didn’t name all of them. Our list didn’t include the hires of newly confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We understand that Justice Sotomayor has hired all of her clerks for OT 2009 — which makes sense, since she has a lot of work to tackle before the official start of the Term — but no clerks yet for OT 2010. Her OT 2009 clerks started working at the Court yesterday.
We think we know three out of four of them — but we’re not sure. We also have some info about Justice Clarence Thomas’s clerk hiring, but we need to fill in some blanks.
Can you help us?
UPDATE: We think we have all four Sotomayor clerks now. ¡Gracias!

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(Plus info about Justice Thomas for OT 2010.)

Sonia Sotomayor Above the Law small.jpgWhen Justice Sonia Sotomayor needs to work off all the rice, beans and pork she’s consumed, she hits the gym.
Alas, it appears that Her Honor’s Equinox gym membership was canceled, after she apparently refused to show identification when trying to enter the premises. We’re with Justice Sotomayor on this: she’s a frickin’ federal judge, the closest thing this nation has to an aristocracy. Showing ID is for little people!
Sure, Barack Obama showed his birth certificate identification when he visited Equinox health clubs during the campaign. But he’s Article II — ick, having to run for election, how déclassé — and Justice Sotomayor is Article III, fabulous and life-tenured.
Luckily, the SCOTUS has its own gym — replete with a basketball court, aka “the highest court in the land.” And Justice Sotomayor won’t have to worry about being recognized at One First Street (where even the law clerks are recognized on sight by the Supreme Court police).
Sotomayor v. Equinox Fitness: The Case of the Canceled Membership [New York magazine]
(Gavel bang: commenter.)

scotus small.jpgIf an institution as stodgy as Harvard University can give rise to a fashion line, why can’t the Supreme Court of the United States?
What we’re wearing today, after the jump.

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Sonia Sotomayor Above the Law small.jpgIt’s official. Earlier today, everyone’s favorite Wise Latina was sworn in as the nation’s 111th Supreme Court justice.
Justice Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the SCOTUS. Justice Ginsburg once again has company for her trips to the ladies’ room at One First Street. Justice Scalia now has competition for being the most aggressive questioner on the high court bench.
Does anyone know what Justice Sotomayor has done — or is planning to do — on the law clerk front? If you know, please email us (subject line: “Sotomayor clerks”). ¡Gracias!
Sotomayor Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice [New York Times]
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor Above the Law small.jpgThe U.S. Senate is now voting on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (2d Cir.) to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Senator Al Franken presiding. It’s interesting and weird to see him in this role. Are we watching an SNL skit?
The normally empty Senate chamber is full. The senators are sitting at attention, looking like dutiful students.
The clerk is calling the roll. She refers to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) as “Mrs. Boxer,” and she does the same for several other married female senators (e.g., “Mrs. Gillibrand,” “Mrs. Hutchison,” etc.). It’s kinda cool, in an old-school sort of way.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) doesn’t vote — he’s absent from the Senate, due to illness — but he has expressed his support for Judge Sotomayor.
Senator Franken asks if any senator who has not already voted wishes to vote, or if any senator who has voted wishes to change her vote. Going once, going twice….
FINAL VOTE TALLY: 68-31, in favor of the nomination. Nine Republicans joined 59 Democrats to vote in favor of confirmation.
CONGRATULATIONS, JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR!!!
P.S. Okay, she’s not technically a justice yet — but she will be soon, once Chief Justice Roberts administers the oath of office. Hopefully JGR will do it better this time.
Update: Clerquette has more discussion over at Underneath Their Robes.

Wise Latina Judge Sonia Sotomayor.jpgJudge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second Circuit won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee just now.
The vote was 13 – 6. All 12 Democrats, plus Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, voted for her.
She’ll now move on to the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.
Congratulations, Judge Sotomayor.
Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Sotomayor [CNN]
Earlier: Prior coverage of Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor despondent.jpgIs it sexist to dissect the fashion choices of Judge Sonia Sotomayor during last week’s confirmation hearings? Probably. I don’t remember anybody asking what Sam Alito was trying to convey with his confirmation tie choices.
But Sotomayor was trying to convey something with her choices. We might as well take a look at what message she was trying to get across.
Click the link below for the full Fashionista analysis, by editor Abby Gardner, and reader comments (which you’re free supplement with your own two cents).
Dressing the Part [Fashionista]

Sonia Sotomayor despondent.jpgThe confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (2d Cir.) took place this past week. Here’s a special weekend linkwrap dedicated to the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
* “Wise Latina Woman. Bronx Housing Project. Wise Latina Woman. We’re counting cards. Counting cards. Gotta watch Jeopardy at five!” [Underneath Their Robes]
* Senator Tom Coburn, “you got some ‘splainin’ to do.” [True / Slant]
* Is Judge Sotomayor a bully on the bench? Let’s go to the (audio)tape. [Politico]
* Or maybe a bad actress? [Althouse]
* At least her hearings went better than those of Robert Bork — whose nomination President Reagan made a last-ditch effort to save. [Concurring Opinions]
* Gibson Dunn partner Tom Dupree, who served in the Bush II Justice Department and argued before Judge Sotomayor five times, offers his take on the recently completed confirmation hearings. [WSJ Law Blog]

sonia sotomayor above the law.jpgAt least that’s what it’s looking like, according to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Today Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee drew to a close, and no major bombshells were dropped. A Senate vote is expected in early August.
Update: Gibson Dunn partner Tom Dupree, who served in the Bush II Justice Department and argued before Judge Sotomayor five times, has a nice recap over at the WSJ Law Blog.
We’ll soon learn what the senators think of the prospect of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. In the meantime, what do you think?
We’ve asked you before for your views on whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second Circuit should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In our earlier poll, which received more than 8,000 votes, over 70 percent of you voiced support for a Justice Sotomayor.
Did anything that we learned in the confirmation hearings change your mind? Take our new poll:

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