Prof. Eric Freedman in Long Island Business News

Eric M. Freedman, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, was quoted on the LI Biz Blog.

LI Attorneys hail Sotomayor choice
May 26, 2009

Just moments after President Barack Obama made the announcement of federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to fill the Supreme Court justice spot opened by a retiring David Souter, we started receiving opinions from throughout the Long Island legal community, solicited or not.

On the whole, they praised the president and his nominee, who grew up in the Bronx and has served for more than a decade on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit based in New York City.

First, here’s a statement from E. Christopher Murray, partner at Reisman, Peirez & Reisman in Garden City:

President Obama’s choice of Judge Sotomayor is not only historic because she is the first person of Hispanic descent chosen for the Supreme Court, but will also provide the Court with a solid, consistent liberal voice. While Judge Sotomayor has a reputation for being a thoughtful and even tempered jurist, she has not hesitated to take strong positions regarding individual rights, the environment and economic justice. Those who view the Supreme Court’s turn to the right with alarm should be over joyed with this choice because Judge Sotomayor will be an active and strong proponent of taking the Court in a new direction.

And next, here’s the statement of Eric M. Freedman, the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at Hofstra University and a classmate at Yale Law School class of 1979. He served with Sotomayor on the law review:

Viewed from an objective legal perspective, this is a mainstream choice. Any review of her body of work will show that her approach to legal problems is to see how they are best resolved within the framework of existing law, rather than to try to reshape that framework. This is an approach that is likely to serve her well in working with her new colleagues.