Former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to America that if he is elected president, he will nominate a black female to the Supreme Court.

While the President of the United States can, in theory, nominate anybody they want to fill a seat on the Supreme Court, the potential nominees, in reality, are already federal judges. Federal judges have the experience of being judges and they have already been vetted by a president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

When Biden announced he will nominate a black female to the Supreme Court if he has enough votes in the electoral college to be elected president, he put the spotlight on all black female federal judges, particularly those appointed by President Obama.

According to the Federal Judicial Center, there are currently 38 African-American female federal judges nominated by a Democrat president. The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the judicial branch of the United States Government. The FJC has a great search tool on its website and it returned 38 names when I searched for African-American female sitting judges who had been appointed by a Democrat.

Going through the list of 38, I looked for Ivy League-educated women who are young enough to serve for a few decades on our highest court.

Leslie Joyce Abrams: Born in 1974, Yale Law School, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

Denise Jefferson Casper: Born in 1968, Harvard Law School, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Ketanji Brown Jackson: Born in 1970, Harvard Law School, Law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Andrea Robin Wood: Born 1973, Yale Law School, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Wilhelmina Marie Wright: Born 1964, Harvard Law School, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Today it looks like it will be President Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the Oval Office come January 2021. You will be hearing these judges' names and others from now until Election Day because this election is about the future makeup of the Supreme Court.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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