Meet the Candidates of Color on the Shortlist to Replace Anthony Kennedy
After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would retire, effective July 31st, Donald Trump stated that the nominee to replace the 81-year-old would come from two previously-released lists of people. There are two people of color on the list of 25 names. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky is a former Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The 49-year old was born in Troy, Michigan to immigrants from India. In May 2017, the Boston College grad, who completed law school at UC Berkeley, became just the second Indian American judge of an appeals court in the U.S. He has also previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a trial advocacy instructor in the Georgetown University Law Center. He was an attorney in the law firm of Williams & Connolly in DC and served as General Counsel to Equalfooting.com from 2000 to 2001, before briefly returning to private practice at the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey firm in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2001 to 2002. U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno of Florida also made the list. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the 1974 University of Notre Dame grad received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1978. He served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1979 to 1981 before returning to private practice in Miami from 1982 to 1986. He served as a judge on the Dade County Court from 1986 to 1987 and then on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court from 1987 to 1990. In addition to his service, the 66-year-old serves on the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. See the other potential picks here.