We may take a look at several of these in class to help with our discussion, but they are all interesting and give a flavor for what these hearings look like.
My favorite, because it is funny, is listening to Justice Sotomayor explain nunchuks to Senator Hatch. This came up because she had ruled in favor of a state law regulating nunchuks and Senator Hatch was trying to get a sense of her stance on the Second Amendment.
In this clip, Senator Sessions asks about Sotomayor’s statements regarding her life experiences and how they affect judging. Side note: Sessions was nominated to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan and was not confirmed by the then Republican majority Judiciary committee due to questions about, as journalists tend to put it, racial insensitivity in his conduct as a US Attorney.
And in this last clip, which cannot be embedded, we see Sotomayor’s opening statement. There are many other clips available on youtube if you click over from any of these three.