At a Glance
- Career History: Alliance for Justice, Senior Legal Fellow (2009-2010); campaign worker (2008-2009); Trial Attorney, Environmental Defense Section of the Department of Justice (2002-2007)
- Alma Mater: Harvard University, B.A., 1992; New York University, J.D., 1996
- DC Office: address, (202) 514-2701
Path to Power
Sorgente graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in 1992, and from New York University Law School in 1996.
After law school she spent a year clerking for U.S. Judge Norma L. Shapiro who is famous for being the first female appointee to the federal bench in the Third Circuit.
Though Sorgente spent five years defending the country's environmental laws, there is little record of her personal opinions on major environmental issues. The same can be said of her positions on legal questions, though her time away from the Justice Department sheds some light on her views of the law and women's issues such as abortion rights.
Legal Issues and Federal Agencies
In a 2009 panel, Sorgente expressed the opinon that federal agency preemption - the doctrine that says that the actions of federal agencies must always preempt state statutes and legal precedents - "is a blunt tool" and said "overuse can do real world harm."
In her current role, Sorgente reports to ENRD head Ignacia S. Moreno and works with Robert Dreher and John Cruden.
Sorgente supported Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign with a donation of $250, and in 2009 she donated $1,000 to the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council PAC.