Obama said Saturday that he intends to be the one to choose Scalia’s replacement.
Here’s who’s on deck:
The 48-year-old moderate D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has already been labeled Obama’s “Supreme Court nominee in waiting,” by The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Tobin.
Widely seen as the most likely choice, he would be the first Indian-American justice on the highest court.
Srinivasan is poised to be chosen for the Supreme on the D.C. Circuit Court, the second-highest court where John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg all were nominated from.
The Lawrence, Kansas native most famously argued against the Defense of Marriage Act while he was the Obama Administration’s principal deputy solicitor general.
Watford, a 48-year-old African-American Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge who Obama said “has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession throughout his work,” after his 2012 confirmation.
He was nominated with broad bipartisan support to the Ninth Circuit Court in 2011.
Even Daniel Collins, Antonin Scalia’s clerk at the time, praised Watford’s confirmation.
“I don’t think he’ll approach the job with any kind of agenda other than to do what is right and consistent with precedent as he understands it,” Collins said in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.