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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16 (office) or 202-360-7867 (cell)

Historic Sotomayor Nomination Represents Sign of Change for Communities Across the Nation

(Washington, DC) Today, President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. In light of this announcement, the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the nation’s premier leadership development organization for Latinas, released the following statement:

“President Obama has made history with the nomination of Judge Sotomayor, but this is not just about a demographic pick, Sotomayor has the intellect, integrity and empathy to excel as Supreme Court Justice, and she has more judicial experience than anyone confirmed in the last three decades. We applaud and commend this choice,” said Cristina Lopez, NHLI’s President.

 “Sotomayor’s American story and experience in every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court justice.  We believe Sotomayor is the right candidate for this job. Now we call for a quick confirmation,” said Ingrid Duran, NHLI’s Board Chair.


To schedule interviews with NHLI’s spokespeople, please contact Cheryl Aguilar at 703-527-6007 or 202-36078 (cell).



The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a national leadership development organization focused on Latina leaders. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. Founded  in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.