Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast – Episode Summary: Day in Washington looks at disability policy issues. Today’s podcast/blog post is a about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. On July 13th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin their hearings to determine whether or not to confirm her for the position.
In the past, many disability groups have been cautious about supporting or opposing judicial nominees because it can be a very political and partisan affair. However, considering that courts have the power to interpret laws, and considering the very recent passage of the ADA Amendments Act which was developed specifically to address the problem of courts too narrowly interpreting the ADA, perhaps taking a closer look at the nomination of judges is relevant to all people with disabilities. This episode of Day in Washington will examine Judge Sonia Sotomayor from a disability perspective and look at some of her decisions on disability cases.
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– Supreme Court Photo by Andrew.Deci
– Sotomayor Poster (Edited) by Favianna Rodriguez