Campaign to Push for Lesbian Court Nomination

sullivanA Boston-based organization called Equal Rep has mounted a national campaign to see Kathleen Sullivan, a Stanford Law School professor and former dean of the university’s law school, nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice David Souter  plans to step down from the bench at the end of the court’s current session.

Equal Rep is calling on people to phone or e-mail the White House between May 20-22 and urge President Obama to make Sullivan his first pick for the court. Paul Sousa, Equal Rep’s founder, issued a statement this month declaring that Sullivan “is hands down one of the most qualified candidates.”

Even without Equal Rep’s endorsement, Sullivan’s name is one of those that has been frequently mentioned since the announcement of Souter’s retirement.

In 1984 she joined the faculty at Harvard Law School, leaving in 1993 for Stanford. She stepped down as dean in 2004 to become the inaugural director of a Stanford center on constitutional law.

“She is the author of the nation’s leading casebook in constitutional law, has litigated before the Supreme Court, and has been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal,” Sousa said.

Sullivan has refrained from talking to the media since news of her possible selection. If chosen, she would become the first-ever openly gay Supreme Court justice and only the third woman to serve on the court.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently the only woman serving on the court, making it highly likely Obama will choose a female candidate. Sousa said Sullivan’s appointment would produce a court that “truly reflects the composition of the American population.”

(You can read about a lovely graphic interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, here.)


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