Thinking Citizen Blog — Three More Potential SCOTUS Picks: J. Michelle Childs, Anita Earls, Wilhelmina Wright

Thinking Citizen Blog — Saturday is Justice, Freedom, Law, and Values Day

Today’s Topic: Three More Potential Supreme Court Picks: J. Michelle Childs (South Carolina), Anita Earls (North Carolina), Wilhelmina Wright (Minnesota)

Last week, three leading candidates on President Biden’s list of potential Black women candidates to replace Justice Breyer on the Supreme Court. Today, three more. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

J. MICHELLE CHILDS (1966 — ), US District Judge (2010 — ), South Carolina

1. BA, University of South Florida, JD, University of South Carolina, LLM, Duke University

2. 2006: Elected by the South Carolina General Assembly to be Circuit Court Judge of Richland County. 2009: nominated by President Obama to serve on the South Carolina District Court.

3. “She is considered an expert in labor and employment law, having participated in the compilation of the Restatement of the Law Third: Employment Law, a well-respected legal treatise that was published in 2015. She is a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.”

NB: Although supported by Rep. James Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House after Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer who gave Biden’s campaign a critical boost at a critical moment, she is opposed by union groups who have tarred her as pro-management and anti-worker. On the other hand, she may have more bipartisan appeal than other candidates and have a greater chance at confirmation.

ANITA EARLS (1960 — ) North Carolina Supreme Court, 2019 -

1. “Earls grew up in Seattle, Washington after her parents relocated the family from Missouri based on the illegality of their interracial marriage (Earls’s mother is white, her father black). Earls and her brother (who was darker-skinned than Earls) were both adoptees.”

2. Williams College (BA), Yale (JD)

3. Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (under President Clinton)

NB: In 2018, Earls won election to the North Carolina Supreme Court, defeating incumbent Republican Barbara Jackson 49.6% to 34.15.

WILHELMINA WRIGHT (1964 — ) US District Judge, Minnesota (2016 — )

1. Yale University, BA, Harvard Law School JD

2. Associate Judge of the Minnesota Supreme Court, 2012–2016

3. Judge of Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2002–2012

NB: 2015: Nominated by President Obama to serve on the US District Court, confirmed by Senate in January 2016, by a vote of 58 to 36.

J. Michelle Childs — Wikipedia

Opinion | Vetoing a Black Woman Judge

Labor groups wary of potential Supreme Court pick backed by top House Democrat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Earls

https://ballotpedia.org/North_Carolina_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018

Wilhelmina Wright — Wikipedia

For the last four years of posts organized by theme:

PDF with headlines — Google Drive

Two special attachments below:

#1 A graphic guide to justice (9 metaphors on one page).

#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20

YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest thing you learned in the last week related to justice, freedom, the law or basic values. Or the coolest, most important thing you learned in your life related to justice, freedom, the law, or basic values. Or just some random justice-related fact that blew you away.

This is your chance to make some one’s day. Or to cement in your mind something that you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply about something dear to your heart.

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