Three Prospects for the Supreme Court

These woman rank high on the lists of potential nominees to fill anticipated vacanies on the court.

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Three Prospects for the High Court

Elena Kagan, 48, dean, Harvard Law School. During her five-year tenure at Obama's law school alma mater, Kagan has won over conservatives with her personal skills and efforts to diversify the faculty politically. The constitutional law expert clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, was a professor at University of Chicago (where Obama also taught), and was a Clinton admini-stration lawyer. Republicans stalled her nomination by Clinton to the D.C. Circuit and later confirmed now Chief Justice John G. Roberts for the seat.

Sonia Sotomayor, 54, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Appointed by President Clinton to the Circuit Court in 1997, she previously served six years on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York after appointment by President George H. W. Bush. Of Puerto Rican heritage, she would be the first Hispanic justice. An experienced jurist and considered a realist, she sided with labor in the 1995 Major League Baseball strike. A Yale Law School grad, she served in the New York County District Attorney's Office.

Kathleen Sullivan, 53, former Stanford Law School dean, professor, and private litigator. Considered a brilliant constitutional scholar, the Harvard Law School grad has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. She has been a strong advocate on privacy issues, including abortion rights as well as same-sex marriage. She has taught at Harvard and coauthored a leading textbook, Constitutional Law.

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