May 1st, 2009

Underground, Cuba

The Next Big Judge

So, Mr. Matt Lueck gives Cass Sunstein the nod as most likely successor to retiring Judge Souter... I think that's plausible and a good choice. The top candidates are allegedly:

1. Sonia Sotomayor, a Clinton appointee to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Grew up poor in the South Bronx, graduated from Yale Law School.

2. Elena Kagan, a former dean of Harvard Law School who is now Obama’s solicitor general.

3. Kathleen M. Sullivan, a professor of constitutional law at Stanford University who previously taught at Harvard and has argued several cases before the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.

4. Harold Koh, dean of the Yale Law School. Obama nominated Koh to be legal adviser to the State Department.

5. Cass Sunstein, an Obama friend from the University of Chicago Law School and his nominee to run the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

I'd say Sunstein has a good chance, but there's also a strong push for a female judge. I don't think a female judge should be preferred simply for being female, but I can see the appeal...