[Missouri-l] Fwd: ADA Watch on Judge Sonia Sotomayor
chiphailey at cableone.net
Thu Jun 18 15:28:54 CDT 2009
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>From: "ADA Watch/NCDR" <jward at ncdr.org>
>Subject: ADA Watch on Judge Sonia Sotomayor
>To: chiphailey at cableone.net
>Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:23:39 -0400 (EDT)
>Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor
>President Obama's Pick Looks Good for Disability Rights
>(Washington, DC) ADA Watch's "Campaign for Fair Judges" is calling
>on their organizational partners and colleagues from the disability,
>mental health, education, civil rights and social justice
>communities to support Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's
>nominee to fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
>A woman, a Latino and the daughter of immigrants, Judge Sotomayor --
>diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 8 -- is also a person with a
>disabilit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
>With the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee having set July 13th as the
>date for the start of confirmation hearings, ADA Watch's president
>and founder, Jim Ward has indicated that Judge Sotomayor will
>receive the full support of ADA Watch, National Coalition for
>Disability Rights (NCDR) and many of their coalition partners.
>For nearly a decade, the ADA Watch coalition of national, state and
>local disability, mental health, education, civil rights and social
>justice organizations has educated the disability community and the
>general public regarding the impact of the judicial nominations
>process on the civil rights of people with physical, mental,
>developmental, sensory and cognitive disabilities.
>Ward was among a handful of disability community leaders that
>recently met with the White House Counsel's Office to outline the
>priorities of the disability community regarding judicial nominations.
>Ward stated, "In picking Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama has
>upheld his commitment to choosing a nominee with a firm grasp on the
>law and the role of the judiciary and has responded to the hopes of
>those in the disability rights movement for Supreme Court Justices
>who understand disability rights and the intent of Congress in
>passing vital civil rights protections for people with disabilities.
>Legal research and analysis of Judge Sotomayor's opinions reveal a
>comprehensive understanding of the language and purpose of the
>Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Individuals with Disabilities
>Education Act (IDEA), Rehabilitation Act, Social Security and more."
>"Furthermore," Ward continued, "in interviews and opinions, Judge
>Sotomayor reveals an understanding of disability discrimination
>forged by the personal experience of being diagnosed with diabetes
>at a young age."
>In nominating Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, President
>Obama said "It's my understanding that Judge Sotomayor's interest in
>the law was sparked as a young girl by reading the Nancy Drew
>series. And that when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of
>8, she was informed that people with diabetes can't grow up to be
>police officers or private investigators like Nancy Drew. In essence
>she was told she'd have to scale back her dreams." Instead, Obama
>said, her perseverance shows that "no dream is beyond reach in the
>United States of America."
>Sotomayor, of course, went on to graduate from Yale Law School and
>was Assistant District Attorney in New York City. She was nominated
>to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by
>President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and confirmed in 1992. In 1997,
>Sotomayor was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the
>U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was confirmed in
>1998. If she is confirmed, Judge Sotomayor would fill the seat being
>vacated by Justice David H. Souter, who has had a mixed record on
>For more information regarding Judge Sotomayor's legal opinions, see
>review and analysis of Judge Sotomayor's opinions in disability cases (PDF)
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