May 4th, 2010
03:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Judge's record rates highly among progressives, colleagues

Diana Wood has known President Obama since their days as part-time instructors at the University of Chicago.
Diana Wood has known President Obama since their days as part-time instructors at the University of Chicago.

Washington (CNN) - As a young working mother in the the early 1980s, Diane Wood, like many of her generation, struggled to balance work and family.

The future judge and Supreme Court contender had just accepted a job teaching law in Chicago, Illinois, while pregnant with her second child.

Soon after David was born, the professor went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to the hospital with post-pregnancy complications. Despite her serious condition, she recovered quickly, but really had no choice. Friends say that with two young kids and a new job, no maternity leave was offered, and her male colleagues at work were mostly clueless over how to deal with her.

"People had no idea what to do with the fact that I had these two tiny children," she told an interviewer last year. Overcoming institutional and social challenges to become a nationally recognized legal heavyweight and high court contender, colleagues say, is a testament to Wood's intellectual and personal fortitude.

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  1. Larry

    Looks like the President is putting together an all-star list to choose from.

    May 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. SocialismBad

    The US Supreme Court is no place for a Progressive. Unless of course you're trying to turn this country into France!

    May 4, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. GL

    I like her and got my vote.

    May 4, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Mark from Louisiana

    If she is a progressive she is disqualified. No way we need a loon in the Supreme Court

    May 4, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Montanan

    I like her but when will we ever get someone on the court who's not superstitious? Isn't it about time for someone with a rational mind on the highest court of the land instead of people who believe that a man can live in the belly of a whale or that the sea can be parted?

    Sixty seems a bit old, too. How about a 40-something Bright to represent younger people who aren't afraid of supernatural myths?

    May 4, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. ib

    Another Obama that will stomp on the constitution. Bush did nothing to the constitution like Obama is doing; people wake up before it's to late.

    May 4, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    There are three questions I'd love to ask Wood and the other SC nominees:

    1. Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reads, in part, "The Congress shall have Power to...provide for the...general Welfare of the United States." What does that mean to you? Provide specific examples of what actions by Congress would and would not be proper exercises of that power. Comment on the differing views of Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison on this point.

    2. The Ninth Amendment of the Constitution reads: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." and the Tenth reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Comment on what these amendments mean.

    3. Comment on the conflict between the wording of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments and the Hamiltonian interpretation of Article I, Section 8.

    May 4, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. johnnyhouse

    We need another Progressive. We ask for change did we not?

    May 4, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Michael

    Exactly the kind of American we need in the Supreme Court – one who has risen to a position of responsibility in spite of all the obstacles set by the establishment.

    May 4, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. johnnyhouse

    I think we should make Chicago the capitol and get it more in the center of the country. Washington has been too far right too long.Would save fuel on that 747 also.

    May 4, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |