Another Chicago Judge Mentioned for Supreme Court

Mentioned alongside at least three other Chicago judges

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Apr 22, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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U.S. Supreme Court justice Stephen G. Breyer, left, listens during the reenactment of the 1857 Supreme Court case, Dred Scott v. Sandford, with fellow panelists, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit judge Anne Claire Williams, center, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit judge Charles R. Wilson, right, at Harvard Law School, Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Cambridge, Mass. Breyer played the part of Roger B. Taney, the presiding Chief Justice at the time of the original decision that declared all blacks, slave or free, were not and could never become citizens of the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Add another Chicago connection to the list of potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

The White House confirmed Wednesday that federal appellate judge Ann Claire Williams is being considered as a nominee for the court.

Who else is on the list is unknown -- because there isn't one, not yet anyway.

But Chicago judge Diane Wood, who serves on the same court, also has been mentioned. President Obama said he is casting a “wide-net” for potential justices. Other rumored picks with Chicago ties include Elena Kagan and Merrick B. Garland. 

Williams is the first African-American to serve on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The 60-year-old federal prosecutor spent 14-years as a trial judge in Chicago before being appointed to the appeals court.

She attended Wayne State University for her undergraduate degree and University of Michigan for a master’s degree in guidance and counseling.

Williams earned her law degree from Notre Dame in 1975.

Contrary to the position of Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's last pick for the Supreme Court, Williams has said judges shouldn’t “legislate from the bench.”

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