February 17, 2009

Will Obama Look Outside Judicial Monastery

As it standes, all the current Supreme Court justices served as appeals court judges before being named to the high court. This begs the question, will Obama look outside the the judicial ranks for his Supreme Court nominees? Legal Beat quotes the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy as saying,

"I'd like to see more people from outside what I call the judicial monastery, some who've had other experiences. I remember when I was a student at Georgetown having lunch with Hugo Black. Great advocate for the First Amendment. He came from outside the judicial monastery."

The last justice to enter the Court with any elective office experience was Sandra Day O'Connor, who had served in the Arizona legislature.