Even before Sonia Sotomayor stepped up to the plate for the beginning of the confirmation hearings yesterday, she had already hit the ball out of the park for some law students. And when it was her turn at bat during opening remarks, she even brought tears to the eyes of some.
News organizations interviewed students in Kentucky, Texas and Arkansas law schools to get their perspective on the "wise Latina" candidate, and most of the students interviewed thought Sotomayor was ready to step into the Big Leagues.
Unlike in the confirmation hearings so far, baseball analogies were strikingly absent from the student comments.
Here's a sampling of what students had to say:
- "The possibility of a Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court is a 'proud moment for Latinos' and proves that 'anything is possible.'" Mark Flores, a Mexican American who grew up in Texas who is heading into his third year as a law student at the University of Kentucky (Hispanic law students react to Sotomayor)
- "The fact that she grew up in a housing project in New York, that's not something that most justices on the supreme court have in their background. ... This is important to let people know that anybody can serve."Aimie Lockwood, a first-year student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. (UALR law students react to Sotomayor nomination)
- “On a scale from 1 to 10 I would say she scored a nine. She seemed very calm, and she had a great delivery. She's going to make a great Supreme Court justice.” Mike Zhang, Columbia University law student. (First day of hearings emotional for S.A. group)