Pressure Grows to Pick a Nonjudge for the High Court

All nine justices on the current U.S. Supreme Court hail from the federal appellate bench

, The National Law Journal


With nine former federal appellate judges on the current Supreme Court, some are saying: Enough already. Even if President Barack Obama ultimately puts a federal judge on the Court -- as all his predecessors have done since Ronald Reagan named state judge and former legislator Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981 -- the push for more background diversity on the Supreme Court is likely to intensify in advance of the next vacancy.

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