Friday, May 01, 2009

Will Obama appoint a woman to the Supreme Court?

With last night's news of the pending departure of Justice David Souter from the bench, all bets seem to be placed on a female replacement. The one woman on the Court today, the venerable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is elderly and suffering from colon cancer. NPR's Nina Totenberg this morning ran through a list of possible contenders:

Possible nominees who have been mentioned as being on a theoretical short list include Elena Kagan, the current solicitor general who represents the government before the Supreme Court; Sonia Sotomayor, a Hispanic judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Diane Wood, a federal judge in Chicago who taught at the University of Chicago at the same time future President Barack Obama was teaching constitutional law there.
UPDATE: Garance Franke-Ruta has more on this; women's group pushing hard.

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