Valley Reaction to Judge Sotomayor's Nomination

May 26, 2009 10:48:30 PM PDT
The nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has been well-received by many in the Valley's legal community.This is an historic nomination that is being received with excitement by several people we spoke with. Especially a Fresno County Judge who made history herself over a decade ago.

It was a moment of pride shared by many ...

Fresno Co. Superior Court Judge Jane Cardoza said, "To have a woman who has exceptional qualifications on the highest court of the United States. I think its an exciting moment for everyone."

Judge Jane Cardoza knows what it is like to be a trailblazer ... Twelve years ago she became the first Hispanic female elected to Fresno's County's Superior Court.

"I am very proud of being the first female here in Fresno County-- it provides me a wonderful opportunity to be a role model ... but ultimately it comes down to the experience that we have and doing the everyday work-- especially being a trial judge," said Judge Cardoza.

If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the only Supreme Court Judge with trial experience.

"What Sonia will bring to the court, then, is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life's journey," said President Obama.

A journey that began in the projects of South Bronx. Judge Cardoza too believes Sotomayor's personal and professional background will bring a unique and important perspective to the bench.

"She is going to be replacing a moderate to liberal justice, so I don't think the vote will change, but I think what is more important is the discussions that will be taking place," said Judge Cardoza.

29-year old Adam Rodriguez-- will graduate this weekend from the San Joaquin College of Law. For him Sotomayor represents positive change ... and opportunity.

Fresno Law Student Adam Rodriguez said, "Since I'm a new graduate entering the workforce-- I'm excited to know there is no longer boundaries that inhibit a person's job placement in the field of law."

The president wants Sotomayor confirmed by the August Senate Recess. He may have his way, since republicans don't have the votes to defeat her nomination.

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