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Reports on Judge Sotomayor’s Record

In anticipation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, which begin Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m., we’ve organized by subject matter the dozens of published reports and substantive blog posts about her judicial record. (Links are below the jump; PDFs of longer, more formal reports are noted with an asterisk.) If we’ve left out other significant pieces that analyze her written decisions or provide data–rather than opine on her nomination generally–please e-mail us the link.


*Association of the Bar of the City of New York

*Brennan Center for Justice

  • Judge Sotomayor’s Record in Constitutional Cases


  • Sotomayor’s resume, record on notable cases

*Congressional Research Service

  • Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions

Concurring Opinions Blog

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Most Activist of Them All?

Ethics and Public Policy Center-Ed Whelan

  • The Record of Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

National Law Journal

  • Sotomayor Is No Activist Judge, Says Author
  • Critics Pounce on Sotomayor’s Reversal Rate

New York Times

Volokh Conspiracy

  • Judge Sonia Sotomayor: What the Data Show
  • Judge Sotomayor: More Data, and a New Conclusion

Access to the courts

*Alliance for Justice

  • Access to Justice Report on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor


*Alliance for Justice

  • Business and Consumer Litigation Report on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Class Action Blawg

Conglomerate Blog

  • Sotomayor’s Class Action Jurisprudence
  • More on Sotomayor’s Securities Law Record


  • Sotomayor, business and preemption

New York Times

Text and History Blog

  • Debunking Conservatives’ Rhetoric That Judge Sotomayor is Hostile to Property Rights: Part I – Bart Didden and Port Chester, New York
  • Debunking Conservatives’ Rhetoric That Judge Sotomayor is Hostile to Property Rights: Part II – William Brody and Port Chester, New York

Think Progress

  • Where Does Sotomayor Stand on the Commerce Clause?

Volokh Conspiracy

  • Business and the Sotomayor Pick
  • What the Didden Case Tells Us About Sotomayor’s Attitude Towards Property Rights

Wall Street Journal

  • In Business Cases, Portrait of Sotomayor Begins To Emerge

Civil Rights

*Alliance for Justice

  • Report on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Civil Rights & Constitutional Protections Record

*American Civil Liberties Union

  • Report of the ACLU on the Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to be Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court

*Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • Report on the Civil Rights Record of Supreme Court Nomineee Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Volokh Conspiracy

  • Judge Sotomayor & Race Cases


*Alliance for Justice

  • Criminal Justice Report on Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Crime and Consequences Blog

Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee

  • Sonia Sotomayor: The Criminal Justice Record


  • Sotomayor’s record reveals she’s far from soft on crime

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University

Volokh Conspiracy

  • Sotomayor, Santa, and Souter
  • Souter, Sotomayor, & Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

White Collar Crime Prof Blog


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

  • Preliminary Review of Disability Cases of Judge Sonia Sotomayor


Election Law Blog


Climate Intel

  •  Souter, Sotomayor and the Future of Climate Change in the Supreme Court

First Amendment

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • A church-state evaluation of the latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

First Amendment Center

  • Sotomayor on the First Amendment
  • Sotomayor and free expression
  • Sotomayor, religious freedom and the great unknown

New York Times

*Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

  • A summary of media-related decisions by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor

National Security

CQ Politics

  • Sotomayor has Scant Record on National Security

Second Amendment

Blog of the Legal Times

Volokh Conspiracy

  • Sonia Sotomayor and the Second Amendment