Napolitano makes Supreme Court shortlist?
Could a UVA Law alum be one step closer to the Supreme Court? MSNBC reports that Secretary of Homeland Security and 1983 UVA law school grad Janet Napolitano has made President Obama's shortlist of six candidates to fill the vacancy on the highest court in the land left by retiring Justice David Souter. The report from the "First Read" blog singles out Napolitano because she was an early supporter of Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, and that "from people familiar with the president's thinking, he's been as impressed with Napolitano as anyone in his cabinet. They click. That matters." On Wednesday, May 13, the Associated Press also cited White House sources saying Napolitano was on Obama's list of candidates. If nominated and then confirmed by the Senate, Napolitano would be only the fourth Supreme Court justice to come from UVA, and the first since Franklin Roosevelt nominated Justice Stanley Reed in 1938.
–photo courtesy UVA School of Law
–updated May 13 at 4:51pm