Court packing: Potential Hoya replacements for Justice Souter
With alum Antonin Scalia (COL ’57) and Samuel Alito, whose daughter attends Georgetown, the Supreme Court already has a sizable Georgetown-block. But, with the retirement of Justice David Souter, the court could get even Georgetown-ier. Here are the Hilltop-approved possible replacements:
On the shortlist: Diane Pamela Wood Currently a federal judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, Wood worked as an assistant professor at Georgetown from 1980-81. She worked with President Obama at the University of Chicago and, along with Judge Sonia Sotomayor and incoming Solicitor General Elena Kagan, is often mentioned as a front-runner for the seat.
Potential pick: Margaret McKeown (LAW ’75). This Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge holds both a juris doctorate and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Georgetown. Although she’s not mentioned as frequently as Wood, McKeown is typically listed in the top 15 or so.
Long-shot: Lisa Madigan (COL ’88). Current Attorney General for Illinois and Georgetown alum, Madigan gained national attention earlier this year during the Blagojevich scandal. While she hasn’t made it onto many shortlists, Slate’s Supreme Court guru Dahlia Lithwick did include her as a potential candidate.