Black Lawyers Group Wants Black Female on U.S. Supreme Court
Courtesy of Taylor Media Services | 4/20/2010, 10:55 a.m.
The predominantly Black National Bar Association (NBA) has called on President Barack Obama to name the first African American female to the United States Supreme Court. The call comes on the heels of the recent announcement of the retirement of current Justice John Paul Stevens.
Stevens has been one of the high court's most liberal justices and many civil rights, labor and progressive groups are pressuring Obama to replace him with another liberal and not compromise with Republicans who are pushing for a more moderate or even conservative replacement. The NBA has recommended the nomination of Judge Ann Claire Williams - the first African American to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and only the third Black to serve on any U.S. Apeals Court.
Judge Ann Claire Williams
Meanwhile, another Black female being prominently mentioned to replace Stevens is Leah Sears - educator and former judge on the Georgia Supreme Court. Obama is expected to make his nomination within the next few weeks. Currently the U.S. Supreme Court is divided with four liberals, four conservatives and one moderate Judge Anthony Kennedy who often casts the swing vote on ideologically divisive issues.