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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.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Sonia Sotomayor about a 1995 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., asked Judge Sonia Sotomayor today whether she agreed with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s prediction that race-based affirmative action would no longer be necessary 25 years after the Supreme Court’s 2003 decisions in the University of Michigan admissions cases. “Do you believe affirmative action is more justified in education than in employment?” Sen. Kohl asked this morning. “It is firmly my hope, as it was expressed by Justice O'Connor in her decision involving the University of Michigan Law School admissions criteria, that in 25 years, race in our society won't be needed to be ...

Judge Sonia Sotomayor defended her appeals court panel’s decision in a controversial race case involving employment testing.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor said today that hard work and education have been the keystones to her success.

The Supreme Court’s recent case involving the strip-search of a middle school student by school officials looking for drugs is getting some attention at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing this afternoon.

Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee cited education law issues in their statements as Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing got underway today.

Questions about education inevitably come up during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees, although often deep into proceedings.

A federal appeals court heard arguments yesterday in a case involving a school district's restrictions on political messages on students' clothing. The case involves a student who was barred from wearing a T-shirt that said "John Edwards '08" to school in the fall of 2007, according to this Associated Press story. The Waxahachie district says its dress code, which bars all non-school messages, promotes pride and reduces distractions to learning, the AP reports. The audion of the argument in Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, before a three-judge panel of the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, ...

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