Sotomayor Confirmation: ‘Momentous Step Forward for the Court and Our Country’

The Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor this afternoon, 68-31, making her the 111th Supreme Court Justice, only the third female Justice, and the first Latina to serve on our nation's highest court. As a prosecutor, litigator, and trial and appellate judge, Judge Sotomayor brings more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice … Continue reading Sotomayor Confirmation: ‘Momentous Step Forward for the Court and Our Country’

Op-Ed: ‘Empathy is important in making judgments’

In an op-ed, "Empathy is important in making judgments," published by the Oakland Tribune, EJS board member Prof. Margaret Russell, a law professor at Santa Clara University and Marilyn Edelstein, an English professor at the same institution, discuss the notion of empathy in the context of the Sotomayor confirmation hearings: "Empathy for one party is … Continue reading Op-Ed: ‘Empathy is important in making judgments’

Session on ‘Myth of Post-Racial America’ at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, Aug. 13-16

The Equal Justice Society is proud to support Netroots Nation, the country’s top convention for progressive online activists. The fourth annual gathering of the Netroots (formerly known as the YearlyKos Convention) will be held August 13–16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. EJS is coordinating a session on "The Myth of … Continue reading Session on ‘Myth of Post-Racial America’ at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, Aug. 13-16

Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

In a statement issued today on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Ricci v. DeStefano, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron said that the "majority's opinion ignores our nation's history, rejects precedent, overturns the judgment of local government officials and makes it more difficult for employers to take voluntary steps to break down barriers to … Continue reading Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

In a statement issued today on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Ricci v. DeStefano, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron said that the "majority's opinion ignores our nation's history, rejects precedent, overturns the judgment of local government officials and makes it more difficult for employers to take voluntary steps to break down barriers to … Continue reading Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

Editorial cartoon on Judge Sotomayor has subtext of lynching, stereotypes Latinos

The Oklahoman newspaper printed on Tuesday a racist, sexist and outright offensive "editorial" cartoon. It depicts Judge Sotomayor strung up by a rope, likening itself to lynching images or a piñata, with President Barack Obama wearing a sombrero, holding a stick and asking a crowd of elephants (Republicans) "Now, who wants to be first?" The … Continue reading Editorial cartoon on Judge Sotomayor has subtext of lynching, stereotypes Latinos

Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

We experienced last week several gut-wrenching and rejoiceful moments. On Tuesday, May 26, President Barack Obama announced his historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On the same morning, the California Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality by upholding Prop. 8. The following day brought news that a preeminent scholar on our … Continue reading Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

AFJ Statement on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

The following is a statement from Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. We are thrilled with this choice. Sonia Sotomayor will be a strong voice to uphold the Constitution and the law to provide equal justice and protect personal freedoms for everyone in America, … Continue reading AFJ Statement on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court