Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears is on the short list. If President Obama is looking for an easy confirmation process for a good judge, Sears would have to be the choice. Here is why she would likely have an easy confirmation:
Now that she has returned to private practice, she has been working on white collar crime at the firm Schiff Hardin. Since this is a private practice, one presumes that her work has mainly been from a defense attorney perspective. Still, she has strong progressive credentials, and even calls herself "a moderate with a progressive streak."
While all of this would likely ease her nomination, many of these items raise red flags for progressives. However, looking over her major decisions, there is not much to take issue with.
Sears seems like the best bet right now, and certainly better than Elana Kagan. At only 55 years of age, Sears would likely be on the court for 20-25 years. Hopefully, her appearance on the short list is more than just the White House is leaking the name of an African-American woman in order to get points simply for considering her.