As Supreme Court justice Souter makes plans to retire, Obama should prepare to replace him with a strong advocate for civil liberties. Obama is poised to choose a replacement that is left- moderate in so as to not change the ideological composition that now comprises the Court bench. To replace Souter, ObamaâÄôs choice should be Sonia Sotomayor who is a seasoned lawyer, currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 2nd Circuit of New York. With her relevant experience and unique perspective, Sotomayor would be a superior choice to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. Many predict Obama will choose a woman to add more diversity, as Ruth Ginsberg is the only woman currently serving on the Court. Obama stated that he expects to select a candidate for the highest court who is âÄúempathetic…sharp, and independent.âÄù Sotomayor embodies these characteristics, as she has been a social activist and champion of civil liberties throughout her career. The 54-year old is a Yale law graduate and grew up in the Bronx, New York. Sotomayor is certainly sharp and has the ability to connect to average Americans. She would bring added diversity to the CourtâÄôs justices, as she is a woman of Puerto Rican descent. Obama must capitalize on this opportunity and replace Souter with an astute and empathetic lawyer. Sonia Sotomayor is not a devout liberal, and given her experience, she would make calculated and relevant decisions. With serious social issues looming, perhaps Sotomayor would act as a unifier on the court. Obama is all about making smart, informed choices that make sense to the average American. Sotomayor would fit in because of her humble background, superior education, and experience as a prosecutor, commercial lawyer, and judge. All ideology aside, Obama should appoint Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court justice because of her intellect and expertise.