A split Supreme Court ruled against 1.5 million women employees who brought a massive class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. After the ruling, both sides weighed in.
Liberals cheered the first Hispanic justice, but conservatives say Sotomayor ultimately backed away from a liberal view of the Constitution.
Civil rights activists praise the court for not throwing out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
But the court's balance of power may not change much, as Justice Souter, a conservative choice, consistently voted liberal.
He'll face pressure from his liberal base in his pick for the Supreme Court.