The Bench

Obama Meets Court Candidate

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s appearance in D.C. two days ago had people speculating that she was President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. But Federal Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood, one of the leading contenders, is also in Washington today. Her ostensible reason is to attend a legal conference at Georgetown, but she did not provide advance notice to her students at the University of Chicago Law School before cancelling class yesterday, and at the conference “she is not on the program as a panelist or participant,” according to Jan Crawford Greenberg at ABC News. According to Greenberg, Wood has undergone vetting and an FBI background check along with candidates Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Greenberg says Obama has not yet made his pick.