President Barack Obama is short-listing three candidates to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, according to a Bloomberg report.
Heading the list is U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan Kagan, the first woman to serve in that post -- the federal government’s top Supreme Court advocate. She formerly served as the first female dean of Harvard Law School, where she graduated.
Also reportedly on the list: federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland.
Stevens, 90 on April 20, told the New York Times recently that he will decide soon whether he will step down.
According to the Bloomberg report, White House officials expect that any retirement announcement would come after the high court’s last argument of its current term, on April 28.
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