Jennifer Granholm
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Possible Supreme Court nominees

Jennifer Granholm
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Granholm was elected governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006. She was elected Michigan’s first female attorney general in 1998. (Al Goldis / Associated Press)
Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan, Harvard University law school dean. Obama chose Elena Kagan to be solicitor general, the administration’s lawyer before the court. But she has yet to argue a case. (Kathleen Dooher / Harvard University via Associated Press)
Harold Koh
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Harold Koh. Koh, Yale Law School dean, is an outspoken advocate of human rights and international law and one of the most vocal critics of the Bush administration’s approach to the detention and trial of terrorism suspects. (Donald Stampfli / Associated Press)
Deval Patrick
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (foreground). In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick assistant attorney general for Civil Rights, the nation’s top civil rights post. (Matthew Cavanaugh / European Pressphoto Agency)
Johnnie B. Rawlinson
Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Jason Doiy / The Recorder via Associated Press)
Leah Ward Sears
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Superior Court Judge in Georgia and in 1992 she became the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve on Georgia’s Supreme Court. (Ric Feld / Associated Press)
Sonia Sotomayor
Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, at her office window in New York, which overlooks the old Federal Courthouse on Foley Square. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo)
Kathleen Sullivan
Kathleen Sullivan, former dean of the Stanford Law School. (Los Angeles Times)
Kim McLane Wardlaw
Judge Kim Wardlaw, left, of the 9th Circuit Court in California. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)