Judge Sykes' Speech Getting Attention
Hillyer also acknowledges the recent high profile attention that Judge Sykes has received and why it is deserved.
It is for good reason that young Judge Sykes (born in 1957) is on many handicappers' short lists for the next Supreme Court opening. Her speech, a critique of the most recent term of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (of which she was a member until joining the federal appellate court in 2004), was a model of clarity, sound reasoning, and correct (humble, textualist) judicial principle.
Judge Karen Williams
She has strong Senate support and has been on her court for almost 13 years. That's a long, Alito-like record. Judge Williams reminds me a lot of Justice Rehnquist during the early to mid 1970s. This might make her a more attractive pick than Judge Sykes.