Female African-American On Obama’s Short List for Supreme Court


us-supreme-courtLast Friday, ABC News reported that President Obama’s short list of possible nominees to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court contains fewer than 10 names. ABC News reported that 7th circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, DC Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are on the short, list — and now ABC News is reporting another.

Former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice Leah Ward Sears is also on the short list, a senior White House official tells ABC News.‬‪

Sears, who will turn 55 in June, was the first female African-American chief justice in US history, and when nominated for the state supreme court by then-Gov. Zell Miller in 1992, she became the first woman and the youngest person to ever sit on the court.‬‪

She stepped down from the court last year and currently practices law at Schiff Hardin.‬‪

A graduate of Emory University Law School, Sears was on President Obama’s short list last year. A member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society, she is also a friend of conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.‬

{ABC News, Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. “Its amazing how qualifications are admittedly not the only factor considered for all these positions.”

    Much the same in all walks of life.

  2. This might be true but you can’t extrapolate that from the body of the article. The title is irrelevant.
    That said, the most sensible thing, and I hope the Republicans will proceed this way, is to let her (or whoever the ultimate nominee is) in, unless s/he is totally incompetent. No net loss here, it’s a liberal for a liberal. This way they have a chance of being taken seriously when a conservative justice has to be replaced.