I don't plan to discuss Judge Sotomayor's nomination on a regular basis—debates over Supreme Court nominees are purely political, and have absolutely nothing to do with jurisprudence. I don't think it's possible to accurately predict what kind of Supreme Court justice a federal judge will be based on her record as a circuit and district judge. That said, I hope Judge Sotomayor is confirmed. She has always struck me as careful and willing to embrace complexity, which are two attributes I value very highly in judges. Plus, I'm excited about being able to say that I appeared before a Supreme Court justice twice back when she was a federal district judge.