Sizing Up Judge Sotomayor

I take issue with Dana Milbank’s assertion about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor [Washington Sketch, May 27] that “in selecting Sotomayor, Obama opted for biography over brain.” This conclusion flies in the face of Judge Sotomayor’s outstanding academic and judicial record.

Judge Sotomayor brings to the table an impressive combination of both inspiring biography and privileged intellect. Mr. Milbank failed to mention that Judge Sotomayor is a formidable Ivy Leaguer in her own right. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and went on to earn her law degree at Yale University, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Furthermore, as the White House noted when the nomination was announced, Judge Sotomayor will bring more federal judicial experience at the time of her appointment to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the court in the past 70 years.

In sum, the people of Puerto Rico, citizens of Hispanic origin throughout the land and all Americans should be justifiably proud — and confident of the fact that the president has made a very worthy, meritorious selection to the nation’s highest judicial body.

RICHARD A. FIGUEROA

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