Winston & Strawn litigation partner Linda Coberly, who is based in the Chicago office and serves as vice chair of the firm's appellate and critical motions practice group, was quoted in a Law360 story titled "If I Were Obama, I'd Nominate…" that was published on May 4, 2009.
The story includes statements from leading appellate attorneys at top-tier U.S. law firms who Law 360 interviewed to see who they would name as the candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court if they were in President Obama's position.
In the article, Ms. Coberly commented, "Although this first appointment by President Obama will not likely cause a dramatic shift in the court's decisions, it does represent the first in what will likely be several appointments that will make this President's mark on the court. There are many excellent candidates for the nomination — in government and academia, as well as on the federal bench.
Following the departure of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court no longer has any members with experience as legislators; that could be an interesting direction for thisnomination to take.
It's likely that the president will appoint a woman — perhaps Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood or Chief Justice Leah Wood Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court. It's unfortunate that even at this point in our history, we have only had two women on the nation's highest court. I'm looking forward to the day when women's voices are so common on the federal bench that we no longer analyze appointees in terms of sex."