Ninth Circuit’s Callahan Reportedly Vetted for U.S. High Court

Judge Callahan

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Consuelo Callahan is under consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Citing unnamed “Republican strategists,” the newspaper said Callahan and D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown are among several candidates, all black, Hispanic, and/or female, at whom the president is looking. Callahan was the first Hispanic, as well as the first woman, ever to serve as a judge of the San Joaquin Superior Court. . . .

[C]allahan, 54, was appointed to the Ninth Circuit two years ago after seven years of service on the Third District Court of Appeal, to which she was named by then-Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996.

Wilson had previously named her to the San Joaquin Superior Court in 1992. Prior to that appointment, she served six years as a San Joaquin County Municipal Court commissioner.

She graduated from Stanford University in 1972 and from McGeorge School of Law three years later. She clerked for the public defender in Sacramento before her admission to the bar, then became a Stockton deputy city attorney in 1975 and moved to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office the following year, remaining there until appointed to the commissioner’s position.

Details here from the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.