Supreme Court Nominations
President Obama recently nominated U.S. District Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Confirming a Supreme Court Justice is a historic event. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constution states in part: "[The President] shall have power . . . by and with the advice and consent of the Senate . . . [to] appoint . . . judges of the Supreme Court . . . ."
It is U.S. Senate's responsibility to confirm Judge Sotomayor's nomination. Her nomination hearing starts July 13, and the hearings will be available via webcast.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has information about the nomination process, including its history. You can learn more about the nominee by reading the mandatory bipartisan Committee Questionnaire, which a nominee must answer and return to the Commitee before nomination hearings begin.
Want to get an idea of what may happen at a Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearing? GPOAccess has links to full text hearings from 1971-present.
Additional information about Judge Sotomayor and the confirmation process is available from the Law Library of Congress' website.