West Virginia University Professors John C. Kilwein and Anne M. Lofaso are available to comment on President Barack Obama’s nomination of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kilweins teaching and research interests include judicial politics, public law and public policy. His research has appeared in the”American Journal of Political Science,”“Judicature,”“Southern Political Review,”and state constitutional commentaries and notes, and in the books,”Lawyering on the Left: Causes, Politics, and Professional Responsibility”(Oxford, 1997) and”The Transformation of Legal Aid: Comparative and Historical Studies”(Oxford, 1999).

In 1995, 1999 and 2003, he was the recipient of the Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2000, he received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2001, the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, the Universitys highest award for teaching.

Kilwein can be reached at 304-293-3811 ext. 5287, 304-685-2533 or ” John.Kilwein@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> John.Kilwein@mail.wvu.edu . Please note that Kilwein will be out of the country beginning Tuesday, June 2 and will only be able to communicate through e-mail.

Lofasohastaught courses on labor law, employment law, advanced labor law and law and socioeconomicsat WVU . She has previously served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit.Lofaso also served as senior attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and the Appellate Court Branch.

Lofaso has written severalpublications, including”Toward a Foundational Theoryof Worker’s Rights: The Autonomous Dignified Worker,”“Does Changing the Definition of Science Solve the Establishment Clause Problem of Teaching Intelligent Design as Science in Public Schools: Doing an End-run Around the Constitution”and”Pre-termination Job Rights of British Workers Affected by Collective Redundancies,”among others.