Washington, DC -- Monday marked Day One of a week-long tribute to judge/ music icon Sonia Sotomayor. Thousands of fans from all over the world - including the 17,000 who won security passes in an online lottery - packed the streets of Washington and flooded the U.S. Capitol to pay respect to the Judge soon to be known as "The First Latina Supreme Court Justice."
In his opening remarks, Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) described Sotomayor as a judge who "understands the real world impact of the court’s decisions, and holds the record for the highest-selling album in entertainment history."
Justice Antonin Scalia and Kobe Bryant spoke about Sotomayor's prolific career starting at such an early age. "When I first saw Sonia in court," recalled Scalia, "I thought, 'man, that kid can rock a better deposition than any of the other guys out there.'' Bryant added, "She really stood out, after less than a year on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit."
In one of the more lighthearted moments, Smokey Robinson noted that he had originally written the 1991 preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball for himself, only to have Sotomayor issue it better than he ever had.
No stranger to controversy, Sotomayor was met with throes of protesters outside of the court today. In the past four years, she been accused of supporting abortion, flip-flopping on social issues, and bleaching her skin. Despite heavy protesting, there were no reports of violence or arrest.
Hollywood heartthrob John Mayer addressed President Obama's votes against Republican judicial nominees with similar credentials to Sotomayor, while Senator Orrin D. Hatch (R-UT) wailed 'Human Nature" on the guitar.
The Sotomayor tribute will continue through Friday, when the decision is laid to rest.
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Jennifer Hudson were among the performers at today's tribute.