A shortlist of potential nominees to replace Breyer on the Supreme Court

In what will be one of the most monumental endeavors of Joe Biden’s presidency, il retirement of Stephen Breyer sets the stage for an immensely important decision by the President.

Breyer’s seat may be the only one that Biden fills on the Supreme Court, and it may not be one he fills at allif Republicans retake the Senate before the President’s choice for a replacement is confirmed.
Sul sentiero della campagna, Biden vowed to put a Black woman on the high court, which would be an historic first. A short list of potential nominees had been circulating Washington well before Breyer’s retirement plans became public, and officials in the White House Counsel’s office built files on various candidates in anticipation of a potential vacancy. Adesso, those efforts will ramp up significantly and the President will likely hold one on one meetings before announcing his pick.
    The White House is stacked with officials deeply familiar with the confirmation process, starting with Biden himselfwho chaired the Senate Judiciary Committeeas well as White House chief of staff Ron Klain, who has experience both at the White House counsel’s office and working for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
      With Democrats holding the narrowest of majorities in the upper chamber, Biden will have to choose someone who can safely get 50 votes in the Senate (Vice President Kamala Harris could provide the tie-breaking vote if the Senate is split on the nomination). In addition to the vote count, Biden also has to keep an eye on the calendar. Senate Republicans are likely to retake the chamber in this year’s midterms and have already signaled they would block a Biden nominee to the Supreme Court. It typically takes two to three months for a President to see his nominee confirmed by the Senate once he or she is named. The most recent justice, tuttavia, was confirmed in just a month and a half, as Senate Republicans rushed to get Justice Amy Coney Barrett approved before the 2020 elezione.
        Given the disappointments that have been recently dealt to the progressives under the Biden administrationbetween the congressional demise of the President’s Ricostruisci meglio proposal and his failure to find a way forward on voting rights legislation Biden’s choice for the Supreme Court gives him the opportunity to reinvigorate the democratic base. If she is confirmed, Biden will secure a much-needed victory for his administration.
        Here are potential nominees who have been on observersshort list.

          DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

          Biden has already elevated Giudice Ketanji Brown Jackson una volta, appointing her last year to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is considered the second-most powerful federal court in the country. In precedenza, the 51-year-old judge served on the federal district court in DC. Because of that appellate appointment, she’s already been through a vetting process that included an interview with the President himself. Fittingly, she clerked for Breyer and holds degrees from Harvard and Harvard Law School. She also served as an assistant federal public defender, making her a prime example of the Biden’s White House focus on appointing judges with backgrounds that are outside the typical prosecutor and Big Law box.
          Come giudice, Jackson has ruled on high profile cases including the Don McGahn congressional subpoena lawsuit (dove, as a district court, she ordered the former Trump White House counsel to comply with the House’s subpoena). As an appellate judge, she signed on to the recent opinion ordering the disclosure of Trump White House documents being sought by the House January 6 Comitato — a case Trump has now asked the Supreme Court to review. If she is confirmed to the court while the justices were still considering the case, she’d likely be asked to recuse.

          California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger

          Kruger, adesso 45, was the youngest person to be appointed to the California Supreme Court when then-Gov. Jerry Brown nominated her in 2014.
          Kruger is intimately familiar with the Supreme Court having worked as a clerk for the late Justice John Paul Stevens and served as acting deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration. While in the Solicitor General’s office, ha sostenuto 12 cases in front of the Supreme Court representing the government. At the Justice Department, she also earned the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the department’s highest award for employee performance, nel 2013 e 2014.
          At the California Supreme Court, she has authored notable opinions on the 4th Amendmentholding that law enforcement could not search a woman’s purse without a warrant after she declined to provide a driver’s licenseand upholding a California law that requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples as well as fingerprints from all persons arrested for or convicted of felony offenses.
          Though she is said to be well-liked among the alumni of the Solicitor General’s office, she has not yet received the thorough vetting that other potential nominees have gone through.

          South Carolina US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs

          Childs, a judge on South Carolina’s federal court, is said to have a major booster in House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a Biden ally who helped deliver South Carolina for the eventual nominee in the 2020 Primarie democratiche. Solo il mese scorso, Biden nominated Childs to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the nomination remains pending.
          A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Childs does not have the Ivy League pedigree shared by eight of the nine justices. Her cheerleaders have touted her public-school education and other elements of her background as an advantage for Democrats, secondo a 2021 New York Times rapporto, and as a way to fight back against claims that the party has become too elitist in its makeup.
          In addition to a decade spent in private practice, the 55-year-old served as a state court trial judge on the South Carolina Circuit, as the deputy director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and as a commissioner on the South Carolina WorkersCompensation Commission.

          Other names that have been floated

          District Judge WilhelminaMimi” Wright, a judge on Minnesota’s federal district court whose consideration would likely please Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat who sits on the Judiciary Committee.
          Circuit Judge Eunice Lee, a former New York public defender whom Biden nominated to the Second Circuit on the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
            Circuit Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, an alumna of Chicago’s public defender’s office whose appointment by Biden to the Seventh Circuit was cheered by Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin of Illinois.
            Sherrilyn Ifill, a civil rights attorney who recently announced plans to step down from her role as President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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