THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                                                       August 12, 2009
BACKGROUND ON RECEPTION FOR JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR
EAST ROOM
10:15AM EDT
President Obama will deliver remarks at a reception honoring Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The President will make brief remarks and introduce Justice Sotomayor, who will also deliver remarks.
The audience will be comprised of members of Justice Sotomayor’s family and friends, leaders of the Hispanic community, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, judges from the federal Courts of Appeals, members of law enforcement and advocacy groups who supported the nomination, and administration officials.
Expected attendees include:
First Lady Michelle Obama
Celina Sotomayor, family of Justice Sotomayor
Omar Lopez, family of Justice Sotomayor
Juan Sotomayor, family of Justice Sotomayor
US Supreme Court:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The US Supreme Court
Justice John Paul Stevens, The US Supreme Court
Administration Officials:
Gregory Craig, White House Counsel
Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
Members of Congress:
US Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont
US Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey
US Senator Benjamin Cardin, Maryland
US Representative Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico
US Representative Nydia Velasquez, New York
US Representative Jerrold Nadler, New York
US Representative Alan Grayson, Florida
US Representative José Serrano, New York
US Representative John Conyers, Michigan
US Representative Anthony Weiner, New York/
Federal Court of Appeals:
The Honorable Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honorable Robert Katzmann, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honorable Pierre Leval, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honorable Barrington Parker, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honorable David Tatel, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
The Honorable Rosemary Pooler, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Other elected officials and leaders:
Governor David Paterson, New York
Polly Baca, former Colorado state legislator
Louis Freeh, former Director, FBI, currently President, Freeh Group International
Wade Henderson, President/CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Amy Mercado, President, Orange County (FL) Democratic Hispanic Caucus
Robert Morgenthau, District Attorney, New York County
Elizabeth Moynihan
Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Karen Narasaki, Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center
John Payton, Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Federico Peña, former Secretary of Transportation, Energy, currently Managing Director, Vestar Capital Partners Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President, Hispanic Federation
Ramona Romero, President, Hispanic National Bar Association; Corporate Counsel for Logistics and Energy, DuPont
Ted Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School, formerly Director-Counsel and President, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Raul Yzaguirre, Executive Director and Presidential Professor of Practice, The Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University

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