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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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Former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears

Year born: 1955
Education: Cornell University, J.D. Emory University School of Law

Sears was appointed by then-governor Zell Miller in 1992 and later became the first woman elected in a contested statewide race there. In 2005, she became chief justice and, in the process, the first African-American woman in the nation to head a state supreme court. She resigned last summer to return to private practice.

Experience: Former Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court, Former Judge on City of Atlanta Traffic Court, Former Superior Court judge

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