Sotomayor's Supreme Court Race Jurisprudence: 'Fidelity to the Law'

Yale Law Journal Forum, Vol. 123, March 2014

Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2417329

20 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2014

Date Written: March 24, 2014

Abstract

During the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, concerns were persistently raised about her ability to be impartial. Conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh and many others railed against her nomination, proclaiming on talk radio broadcasts from coast-to-coast that she is a reverse-racist and nothing less than anti-white. A review of the Supreme Court record of race-related cases demonstrates Justice Sotomayor’s continued commitment to her stated judicial philosophy of fidelity to the law, inasmuch as she has not sought the unilateral imposition of her own personal racial policy preferences but has instead worked as a team player to scrupulously apply legal precedents, rules of standing and Congressional intent.

Keywords: Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Race Relations, Racial Politics

Suggested Citation

Hernandez, Tanya Kateri, Sotomayor's Supreme Court Race Jurisprudence: 'Fidelity to the Law' (March 24, 2014). Yale Law Journal Forum, Vol. 123, March 2014; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2417329. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417329

Tanya Kateri Hernandez (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10023
United States

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