Important for me, important for journalism.
Sotomayor said that clear, strong writing is the best indicator that an applicant will make a successful clerk on her staff.
"I look for people . . . with journalism experience, because they keep things simple," the judge nominated to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice said, as she and other jurists explained how they select budding attorneys to work in their courtrooms.
Judge Carlos Lucero, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit immediately interrupted, "I do, too," and then explained that a journalism background was a strong plus for him also in picking clerks and interns.
The judges were speaking at a conference at Duke University Law School in 2005, and conservatives have complained about Sotomayor's statement there that "the Court of appeals is where policy is made."
For me and many others, her comments about journalists and the value of journalism education are much more important than those "policy" remarks, which in fact she almost immediately tempered.