Multiple sources say that the White House added a federal judge from Chicago to its working list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the upcoming vacancy.
Judge Ann Claire Williams, who became the first African American appellate judge in the federal Seventh Circuit, has joined a working list of about 10 other candidates.
One of the things that caught my attention about Judge Williams is that she is a native of Detroit MI. That is one town that could sure use some good karma in 2010! Her dad was a bus driver in Detroit and she dreamed being a Motown star.
Here are some other tidbits about Judge Williams:
- Named to federal bench by Presidents Reagan, Clinton
- Former 3rd-grade teacher in Detroit
- Considered a moderate on the court
- Third African American woman named to a federal appeals court (NOTE: who were the first two?)
It does seem that she has that 'real-world' experience that President Obama seems to like. What are your thoughts on Judge Williams or the whole SCOTUS selection process?