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President Obama is reportedly considering Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States Supreme Court. Judge Thomas received his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and his law degree from The University of Montana School of Law. Judge Thomas’ opinions make clear that he is a strong supporter of individual rights and would be a great addition to the Court. You can read the NY Times article regarding his consideration here. Should Judge Thomas be nominated and confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court, he would be the only non-Ivy League graduate on the Court. His addition would add a western voice to the Court that has been absent since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement. You can read a NY Times article regarding Senate Democrats’ desire for a non-Ivy League Supreme Court nominee here.