Trump Names 11 SCOTUS Picks, Bypassing Big Law

The Republican presidential contender identifies 11 state and federal judges, but no litigators.

, The National Law Journal


Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's list for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees is heavy on federal appellate judges and former clerks for conservative justices but light on big names in politics and private practice.

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  • Darren McKinney

    Before you get carried away in heaping praise on Mr. Trump‘s political prowess, Paul Stein, each of his prospective nominees is white. And having conceded to Megyn Kelly the other night on national television that he "has to do better" in courting minority voters, he‘d have been wise to include in his largely meaningless list of 11 Janice Rogers Brown, Miguel Estrada and Neal Katyal -- an African American woman, a Latino and an Indian American, all legal geniuses and all reliably no-nonsense.

  • Ted Cruz

    This is almost as silly as me naming Carly Fiorina as my vice presidential running mate.

  • Paul Stein

    Poor political choices markedly elevate themselves by showing that they can appoint highly desirable people in exceedingly important positions of power. Trump is illustrating his political chops, and in doing so, is demonstrating his acceptability as a candidate through his team choices. He is incredibly smart to start this process this early in the Presidential campaign. As his ultimate opponent is as equally distrusted by the electorate, she would do herself a major favor by emulating Trump as soon as possible. (It‘s too bad that with the quintessential lesser-of-two-evils, political choices will fall to the better team than the better manager of an ever-changing team.)

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