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Sotomayor to Hear, Kagan to Argue First Supreme Court Case

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will hear her first case as a Supreme Court Justice today after a formal investiture ceremony yesterday in which she was officially sworn into office for the third time. The case involves the legality of using corporate and union funds in campaign finance law. The Supreme Court heard the case earlier this year, but ordered it re-argued with a new focus on the constitutionality of banning any type of corporate spending in elections, according to NPR.

Today’s case will also be the first argued by Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who is the first woman to hold the post. Prior to her Senate confirmation in March, Kagan was the Dean of Harvard Law School and was also the first woman to hold that position.

Justice Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed this summer by a 68-31 Senate vote. She is be the 111th justice, the third woman, and first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 3/20/09, 8/10/09; NPR 9/9/09

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