For immediate release
May 27, 2009
Eun Sook Lee, NAKASEC, 323-937-3703
President Obama Announces Historic Supreme Court Nomination
(Los Angeles, CA) The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates, the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles and the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago, welcome and applaud President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will become the first Latina judge appointed and will replace the retiring Justice David Souter.
“As a child of parents who came from Puerto Rico in search of the American dream, Judge Sotomayor is a testament that anything is possible. She is a true role model to women and minority communities throughout the U.S. and her incredible American story, along with her distinguished career over the last three decades, instills in her unique qualifications never before seen in the Supreme Court,” said Becky Belcore, executive director of KRCC.
“Judge Sotomayor has served on the federal judicial bench for 17 years and brings more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years. Before she was promoted to the Second Circuit by President Clinton in 1998, she was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush – a show of bipartisan support that underlines even more her qualifications to join the Supreme Court. Thus we urge the Senate for a speedy confirmation so that she may join the Court before the fall term begins,” said Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of KRC
“Judge Sotomayor not only brings an unprecedented judicial background, she embodies the qualities that combine a rigorous and disciplined study of the law with a common sense understanding of its practicalities. We are deeply excited and applaud President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sotomayor and look forward to a quick Senate confirmation,” said Eun Sook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC.