"She has married many of us," said former clerk Liza Zornberg. "She has celebrated the births of many of our children with us."
As Sotomayor starts meeting with key senators next week, Republicans are gearing up for a fight. But most say that despite the opposition, Sotomayor is likely to be confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
ABC News' David Chalian, Claire Shipman, Jan Crawford Greenburg and Jonathan Karl contributed to this report.