Favorite Emerges for Supreme Court Pick
Posted with permission from PolicyinPractice.org and the law firm, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP
Preeminent Constitutional law scholar and Dean of the UC-Irvine School of Law Erwin Chemerinsky recently sat down with The New Republic to share his thoughts on Obama’s first appointment to the Supreme Court, discussing whether or not there is such a thing as a neutral judge, and defending Obama’s stated belief that he should appoint a judge willing and capable of considering the law in the context of everyday people’s lives.
Among those judges most likely to be chosen, three finalists appear to have emerged: Diane Wood, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Wood and Sotomayor are both U.S. Appeals Court judges, while Kagan–the former dean of Harvard Law School–currently serves as Solicitor General.
Of the trio, Wood has received the most buzz of late, receiving a favorable review from the influential legal journalist Jeffrey Rosen, a Yale Law grad in his own right. Furthermore, Wood is believed to have just interviewed with Obama in Washington. As ABC News reported, Wood shirked her teaching duties at Chicago Law School unannounced, presumbly to attend a law conference at Georgetown. It is believed, then, that Wood was in fact in Washington to interview for the job.
In fact, ABC believes that Wood has become the favorite:
The well-regarded ScotusBlog recently profiled Wood, observing that she is a proponent of a dynamic Constitution, citing remarks Wood recently delivered: “[t]here is no more reason to think that they expected the world to remain static than there is to think that any of us holds a crystal ball. The only way to create a foundational document that could stand the test of time was to build in enough flexibility that later generations would be able to adapt it to their own needs and uses.”
Lastly, Wood is a Texas Law alum, which would bring another kind of diversity to the Court, having graduated from a law school outside of the Ivy League.
Experts believe Obama will be announcing his choice late this week or next week.
A special thank you to PolicyinPractice.org and old friend, David Leland of Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP, for allowing us to publish this insightful and informative piece as we wait for President Obama to announce his choice for Supreme Court.