By guest blogger Erik Robelen: With the U.S. Senate seemingly poised to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court later this week, the pile of letters in support and against the president's nominee has grown pretty high. Both national teachers' unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, were among the dozens of groups to sign a July 27 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging a "yes" vote for Judge Sotomayor. (The NEA had actually first announced its support in a June 30 press release.) "During her long tenure on the federal judiciary, Judge ...

A poor understanding of civics by many Americans "is something to worry about," says retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.

Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter will address the American Bar Association on Saturday about improving civic education in the United States

President Barack Obama's nominee today moved one step closer to joining the U.S. Supreme Court, with one Republican joining all 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in voting in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Sen. John Cornyn pressed Sonia Sotomayor on whether she agreed with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s view that "the best way to stop discriminating based on race is to stop discriminating based on race."

Sen. Lindsey Graham tells Sonia Sotomayor that the nine unelected members of the Supreme Court sometimes push society for change too rapidly, though not in Brown v. Board of Education.

Sen. Patrick Leahy tells Sonia Sotomayor how rulings on strip-searches of young people demonstrate the need for diversity of backgrounds on the courts.

There were several factors that led the Supreme Court to overturn its “separate but equal” precedent with its landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Judge Sonia Sotomayor said.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor said that parenthood and the education system are the places for addressing the ills of society, not the courtroom. “By the time a criminal defendant ends up in court, they've been shaped by their lives,” the Supreme Court nominee told Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. “If you want to give people the best opportunity at success at life—it’s a message I deliver frequently to my community—it has to be through early childhood forward. If you're waiting to do that once they're before a judge in court, your chances of success have diminished dramatically.” “And so ...

The Sonia Sotomayor hearings veered into questions of diversity in education again this morning. But the nominee, curiously, did not bring up the Suprme Court's most recent pronouncement on the issue.

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