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With the formal announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, President Joseph Biden has vowed to move quickly to name a Supreme Court Justice Candidate, and in all likelihood, it will be a Black woman.

Referring to Breyer as a model public servant who served our country well, Biden expressed his desire to nominate a new justice who stands worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy.  Breyer, who is 83, is the second most senior associate justice and, according to several reports, he was encouraged to retire during this season in order to ensure that a Biden nominee would pass in a Senate presently controlled by the Democrats.

Almost three decades ago, it was Biden, then chair of the Senate’s judiciary committee, who presided over the confirmation of Stephen Breyer, who was nominated to the high court by President Bill Clinton.  Now the president is set to name a Supreme Court Justice Candidate in hopes that this pick will be history-making, appointing the first Black woman to the US Supreme court in fulfillment of a campaign pledge.

The president is tight-lipped about who he will pick, but has already begun to review bios and is studying the background of candidates.  The New York Christian Times has identified a list of female contenders.

Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51

Women Under Consideration for SCOTUS - Kantanji Brown Jackson

US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia

Appointed by President Obama to the US District Court, District of Columbia

Clerked for retiring Justice Stephen Breyer

Graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School

Leondra Kruger, 45

Supreme Court Justice Candidate - Leondra Kruger

Professor of Law

Serves on the California Supreme Court

Worked in high-level roles at Justice Department

Clerked for former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School

Supreme Court Justice Candidate - J. Michelle Childs

J. Michelle Childs, 55

US District Court Judge (South Carolina)

Recently appointed to the Federal Appeals Court

Former state trial court judge

Graduate of the University of South Florida and University of South Carolina School of Law

Supreme Court Justice Candidate - Leslie Abrams

Leslie Abrams Gardner, 47

Sister of Georgia’s political powerhouse Stacey Abrams

A federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama to the US District Court in Georgia

Former assistant US Attorney General

Graduate of both Brown University and Yale Law School

Supreme Court Justice Candidate - Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill, 59

A member of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan commission on judicial reform

President of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Voting rights and judicial appointments commentator

Graduate of Vassar College and NYU Law School

Supreme Court Justice Candidate - Candice Jackson Akiwumi

Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, 43

US Circuit Court of Appeals

Served with the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder

Staff attorney with Federal Defense Program (North District – Illinois)

Graduate of Yale Law School

Christian Times Picks …

#1 – J. Michelle Childs

#2 – Ketanji Brown Jackson

#3 – Leslie Abrams Gardner

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Nancy Abudu – Strategic Litigation Director, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Tiffany Cunningham – US Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Anita Earls – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina

Arianna Freeman – Managing Attorney of the Non-Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Eunice Lee – United States Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Melissa Murray – Frederick K. Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University

Holly Thomas – US Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Wilhelmina Wright – US District Judge of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota