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Civil Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Recommending Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

Statement of Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights


vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to recommend confirmation of
Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is a significant milestone
in our country's journey toward providing equal justice under the law.

Judge Sotomayor has distinguished herself in every step of her life
and legal career, including work as a prosecutor, a corporate litigator
and a federal district and appellate judge. Her testimony before the
Committee left no doubt about her qualifications for the court as she
demonstrated a keen intellectual ability, a first-rate professionalism,
and a degree of common sense that reflects the trail she has blazed as
a Latina and first-generation American. The lessons that Judge
Sotomayor has learned in her life will serve her and our country well
in the years ahead.

Judge Sotomayor will make an outstanding addition to the Supreme
Court and the Leadership Conference urges the full Senate to confirm
her without delay."

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society - an America as good as its ideals.

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