WASHINGTON -- Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow is "deeply honored to be considered" for the Supreme Court vacancy, her spokesman, Robb London, said in an email to the Globe this afternoon. The vacancy was created by the announcement last Friday by Justice John Paul Stevens that he plans to retire at the end of this term.
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing potential nominees, confirmed that Minow is among at least 10 people under consideration, with the most frequently mentioned name being the Harvard Law School's former dean, Elena Kagan. Kagan is the Obama administration's Solicitor General.
Minow has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981 and is described in her official biography as "an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities."
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