Most court observers, like McGeorge School of Law professor John Sims, believe the president will nominate a woman to succeed retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
"It makes sense for the good of the court and the future of the court and I guess I would predict that."
Among the names mentioned are judges Janice Rogers Brown from Rancho Cordova and Consuelo Callahan a graduate of University of the Pacific’s McGeorge Law School in Sacramento.
Professor Sims says Callahan still comes back to the school to help students prepare for moot court competions and other educaiton programs. "We’re proud that she’s a McGeorge graduate and not only a graduate but extremely active in supporting all the educational activities at the school."
Two years ago, Callahan was nominated by President Bush to serve on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Meantime, Judge Rogers Brown was recently the subject of a tough political tug-of-war after the president nominated her to an appeals court in Washington DC.
White House advisors say the president’s Supreme Court pick will probably come in early October.