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State Court Experience Would Make Childs a High Court Rarity

J. Michelle Childs, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court, listens during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in 2010.

J. Michelle Childs, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court, listens during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in 2010.

Photographer: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

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U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs would bring extensive experience as a state and federal trial judge if nominated as the Supreme Court’s first Black woman.

Childs, 55, who the White House said late Friday is among multiple people under consideration for the seat being vacated by Stephen Breyer, also has the public endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House. He was an influential figure in Joe Biden’s ascent to the presidency and told Bloomberg Law that he’s spoken with the state’s two Republican senators about Childs.