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Well first Sonia Sotomayor president Obama's nominee to succeed justice David sit on the Supreme Court the American dream is looking more like all reality.
If confirms that admire who grew up in the projects of the South Bronx would be the first Hispanic to serve on the High Court.
If an insightful and she is and what business -- know about her we're joined now.
By two people who know her very well.
William etheridge is -- Yale university law professor who served decided -- no editor at the Yale law review and up close off the dean of the Lewis and Clark.
Law school with a classmate an -- Myers at Yale Law School good morning gentlemen thank you for being here.
Thanks for an -- William let me start with you she yesterday.
Talked about what the nomination meant to her -- a very emotional acceptance.
Of -- not becoming the nominee.
I want people to take a listen and they get your reaction on the other.
Eleven years ago -- my confirmation process for appointment to the second circuit.
I was given a private tour of the White House.
It was an overwhelming experience.
For a kid from the South Bronx.
Yet never in -- -- -- child -- imagining this.
That I ever envision that moment.
Did I ever dream.
-- which -- live this moment.
-- him or use surprised five that speech or is that just another sign that the American dream is alive and well.
No I wasn't at all surprised by that speech I've known Sonia for thirty years and that was -- -- Sotomayor.
It was on us it was humble it was dedicated.
It was very American so I think that some very representative of what she was feeling and probably what a lot of Americans feel about her nomination.
Bob would you -- did you watch that yesterday and and what does her upbringing say about her.
At least so far in her record as a judge.
And I absolutely agree with professor I Scrooge I watched it and that is truly vintage Judge Sotomayor.
I think her her record throughout her career is reflected in her background.
Her sensitivity towards people of of all colors.
And people who are disadvantaged.
Her passion for people generally she's somebody with just been really good heart.
At a very decent person.
So I think the American people got to see the real Judge Sotomayor yesterday.
-- president yesterday referred to handle what she did for me your Major League Baseball in 1995.
Bob and there's a lot of people who said.
Clearly she cited in yes she upheld the role of the free agency and arbitration process.
What does that say about her decision making why it was that case one of the key cases that the president brought up yesterday.
Well I think it was key because baseball is so American it was a great rhetorical device but I think.
That case like many others reflects that she's very open minded and and decides each case on with bouts.
-- been -- number cases where she's ruled in favor of business.
She can be very pro government in criminal cases.
So I think she's hard to pigeon hole and I think that bodes well for the confirmation.
It you know -- a lot of people are talking about the full the fact that she was a trial judge and an appellate judge the first -- -- careened to perhaps.
Move to the highest court in the country what does that say about the experience that she's had that might.
-- the way she makes decisions on the High Court.
Well I think that's a very good point she's the first.
Trial judge that's been on the supreme court for quite a while all of the existing justices.
Have been appeals judges but not twelve judges.
And is being climb -- was pointing out.
So it was also -- prosecutor.
She's been in private practice.
She's really had a wealth of experience.
And one way that I would tie this to her background.
Knowing her thirty years ago and knowing her today.
I would say the main theme that it's been driven from her background is hard war.
This is a judge who has been a very dedicated student of law and student of the facts.
So what are the things I think it's notable about the baseball case.
Is not just that she saved baseball all the president's thing.
But that she was a -- I think unanimously.
By the second circuit in an opinion by judge Ralph -- -- who was our professor at the Yale Law School.
And who is a very distinguished.
Reagan appointee to the second circuit at her colleague there obviously for the last ten years -- so.
So this is a judge who.
Is going to be a very tentative.
Analyst of the facts and the law.
And if she comes up with dramatic rulings like the baseball strike ruling more power to it.
But it's going to be a ruling that is based upon the law and the facts.
-- a lot of people were talking about whether or not the role of policy should have anything to do with the role of the justices who sit on the High Court.
There's some question about some comments she's made in the past.
Do you believe that.
Her record demonstrates.
That it's not her personal policy it's not her personal decision making.
Debt that will dictate the kind of decision that she makes or that perhaps past experience.
Does need to play a role in decision making particularly when it comes to the role of the justice.
Well obviously your life experience is going to play a part.
In your decision making justice O'Connor's made that point many times in describing the fact that.
The first job that she what was offered.
The only job that she could get for pay after graduating from Stanford Law School is number three -- -- was as a legal secretary.
And that's informed her experience -- -- justice.
I think the opponents are reaching by looking at these little snippets the fact of the matter is.
Professor -- Scrooge indicated.
Her long record as a judge reflects that she decides each case on the -- and on the facts and that she doesn't have any sort of agenda.
That she's relying on and -- any sort of a knee jerk way in deciding the cases.
All right well professor -- -- at a job join me at the top of the hour.
I in -- -- off I thank you both very much gentlemen for joining.
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