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Candidates to replace Justice John Paul Stevens
The White House is searching for a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens. The list includes some of those President Obama considered last year, when he chose Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. At this point, White House aides, Democrats familiar with the process inside the administration and legal experts consider 6 candidates in the lead while others still bear watching.
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Martha L. Minow
Year born: 1954
Education: University of Michigan, master's in education from Harvard, Yale Law School
Few candidates on the list have a more personal connection with Obama than Minow. He reportedly said while he was a senator that he decided on a career in public service because of law professor Minow, who changed his life. It was at Minow's father's law firm in Chicago that Obama met his future wife. An expert in human rights, Minow is a prolific author. She has been on the faculty at Harvard Law since 1981, and she replaced Elena Kagan as dean after Kagan became solicitor general. In 2009, Obama nominated her to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, the government-sponsored organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
Experience: Dean, Harvard Law School