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9th Circuit Judge On List Of Contenders To Replace Souter

Publication Date: 
May 04, 2009
Daily Journal
John Roemer

The Daily Journal quotes Lecturer in Law Thomas C. Goldstein, and discusses Professor Pamela S. Karlan and Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan as potential replacement choices for the retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter:

Thomas C. Goldstein, founder of the influential Supreme Court Web site Scotusblog and co-head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's firmwide Supreme Court practice, suggested in 2007 that Wardlaw might replace Souter in 2009.

He stood by that prediction Friday, although he added two other names with California connections.

"Wardlaw is a serious candidate," Goldstein said, "and she and Pam Karlan at Stanford and Kathleen Sullivan formerly of Stanford will all be thought about."

Pamela S. Karlan, 40, the founding director of Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, once clerked for Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

Karlan didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday but told the Daily Journal in March, "At some point in my life, I think it'd be great to be a judge."

Kathleen M. Sullivan, 53, a former Stanford Law School dean who chairs the national appellate practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in New York, drew applause last summer at the 9th Circuit's annual conference when she blasted the Bush administration's practices of undercutting legislation with signing statements and of failing to operate with enough transparency.

"There is no authority to declare vague, ambivalent signing statements as the current president has done," Sullivan said. "And if the shroud of presidential secrecy over rendition and torture or the wiretapping of citizens has to await disclosure by the New York Times, that is an extremely troubling presidential arrogation of power."

Sullivan's office said she was on a plane and unavailable to comment Friday.