As reported on: www.cnn.com:   “If  Sonia Sotomayor fulfills her long-held dream to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, she would have the prestige of joining the highest court in the land, lifetime job security and a public forum as the first Hispanic on that bench.    

The 55-year-old judge would also have the opportunity to become an influential force among her colleagues, a legal pioneer who could help shape the law and its effect on society in any number of ways.

But such a legacy would not come easily, and it certainly would not come quickly.  The internal dynamics of a body built on tradition and stability have long discouraged swift and sweeping forces that are regularly felt in the other branches of government, and society at large.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor would become the junior justice, someone with the least seniority but no less authority than her eight benchmates. She would bring with her a bit of history, along with the public attention and political scrutiny that would follow.”   

7/13: Day 1 of hearings:  Topic:  Fidelity of the Law,  Click HERE

7/14: Day 2 , Click Here

7/15, Day 3, Click Here  Topic:  Abortion, gun control 

7/16, Day 4, Click Here

On Tuesday, July 25,  as noted on cnn.com, we are “pushing toward a historic Supreme Court confirmation vote, as the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice, over nearly solid Republican opposition.

The panel’s 13-6 vote for Sotomayor was masked in deep political divisions (Click HERE  to learn more) within GOP ranks about confirming President Barack Obama‘s first high court nominee. Just one Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, joined Democrats to support her, although four others have said they will vote for Sotomayor when her nomination comes before the full Senate next week.”