American Association for Affirmative Action Welcomes Justice Sonia Sotomayor, First Latina and Third Woman to Serve on the Supreme Court

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Association applauds the President and the Senate for acting "affirmatively" to promote equal opportunity in the selection of the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court

The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), an association of equal employment opportunity (EEO), diversity and affirmative action professionals, hailed the Senate confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. AAAA's President, ReNeé S. Dunman, stated that, "The President and the Senate have selected a person who is eminently qualified to serve and who comes from a group that has been historically unrepresented on the Supreme Court of the United States." Dunman added, "Judge Sotomayor has cracked one of the most persistent glass ceilings in the legal profession."

Judge Sotomayor is widely admired as a judge with a sophisticated grasp of legal doctrine and a keen awareness of the law's impact on everyday life. She understands that upholding the rule of law means going beyond legal theory to ensure consistent, fair, common-sense application of the law to real-world facts.

AAAA commends the Senate for confirming the nomination of Judge Sotomayor civilly, respectfully and by a wide margin. "We know that Justice Sotomayor will execute her Constitutional responsibility fully and fairly in the years to come." Ms. Dunman added: "We look forward to seeing a Court that is more diverse and represents all Americans on the First Monday in October."

Founded in 1974, the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. AAAA helps its members to become more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action to enhance access and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.

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