Lawyers who have appeared before Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is on the short list of candidates being considered for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, described her as an aggressive questioner who comes to the bench prepared and, although she is regarded as a member of the more liberal wing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a pragmatist who would bring a different perspective to the high court.

Veteran practitioner Max Gitter of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton said Judge Sotomayor would be a “great choice” for President Barack Obama to fill the seat created by the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, because she has a keen awareness of the human consequences of a court’s opinion.

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