Will the Next Supreme Court Justice Have UChicagoLaw Ties?

Obama's Supreme Court Pick Expected to Have Chicago Ties
John McCormick and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2009

Ever since Barack Obama's election as president, there has been anticipation among scholars at the University of Chicago's Law School that one of their own could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court bench in the next few years.

That anticipation was heightened late last week with news that Obama, who taught constitutional law at the school from 1992 to 2004, soon will be making his first Supreme Court pick.

Almost every short list of possible nominees to succeed Justice David Souter includes three individuals with strong ties to the Hyde Park law school: U.S. Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood, Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

Even if Obama does not pick one of the past or present faculty members this year, feelings run strong on campus that he will before he leaves the White House.

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