Supreme Court justice David Souter, who will be retiring at the end of the court’s term, may be replaced by out lesbian Kathleen Sullivan, according to GayPolitics.com.
Sullivan, a professor at the Stanford Law School who served as dean of the school from 1999 to 2004, founded and currently acts as director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. She has also been involved in some of the most historically prominent LGBT-related court cases, including Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas.
Her potential nomination has been mentioned on law blogs as well as in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
Sullivan, the first female dean of any school at Stanford, has been a strong proponent of privacy issues, including abortion and gay rights. She studied at Cornell University, Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1981.
Fellow lawyer Susan Estrich told The Harvard Law Review of her first exposure to young powerhouse Sullivan.
"I turned to my research assistant and said, ‘Who the hell is Kathleen Sullivan?’ I vowed never to be on the other side of this woman again. And I haven’t been. And I won’t be."
I'll just let this one settle in for a bit. :)