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 as many as 6 candidates in the lead while others still bear watching.
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Solicitor General Elena Kagan

Year born: 1960
Education: Princeton University, Oxford University, J.D. Harvard Law School
Experience: Solicitor General, Former associate White House counsel, Former dean of Harvard Law School

Judge Diane Wood

Year born: 1950
Education: B.A. University of Texas at Austin, J.D. University of Texas School of Law
Experience:U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Justice Dept., former professor at the University of Chicago law school

Judge Merrick Garland

Year born: 1952
Education: Harvard College, Harvard Law School
Experience: U.S. Court of Appeals, Former U.S. Attorney General, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Dept. of Justice

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Year born: 1957
Education: Santa Clara University, J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
Experience: Homeland Security Secretary, Former Governor of Arizona, Former Arizona Attorney General

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

Year born: 1959
Education: University of California, Berkeley, J.D. Harvard Law School
Experience: Governor of Michigan, Former Michigan Attorney General

Judge Sydney R. Thomas

Year born: 1953
Education: Montana State University, law degree from University of Montana
Experience: Private practice 1978-96, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Martha Minow

Year born: 1954
Education: University of Michigan, master's in education from Harvard, Yale Law School
Experience: Dean, Harvard Law School

Former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears

Year born: 1955
Education: Cornell University, J.D. Emory University School of Law
Experience: Former Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court, Former Judge on City of Atlanta Traffic Court, Former Superior Court judge

California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno

Year born: 1948
Education: Yale University, J.D. Stanford Law School
Experience: Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Former Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney, private practice, Former judge on Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Former judge on U.S. Court for the Central District of California

Judge Ruben Castillo

Year born: 1954
Education: Loyola University, J.D. Northwestern University School of Law
Experience: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, private practice, Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Year born: 1955
Education: Yale University, J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
Experience: Senator, Former Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General, Former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, Former Rhode Island Attorney General

Governor Deval Patrick

Year born: 1956
Education: Harvard College, J.D. Harvard Law School
Experience: Governor of Massachusetts, Former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, private practice

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Year born: 1960
Education: Yale University, J.D. University of Chicago Law School
Experience: Senator, Former Minnesota Attorney General
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