The President is considering many possibilities for his Supreme Court nomination, including J. Michelle Childs, a federal district judge in South Carolina. According to White House spokesman Andrew Bates, the South Carolina judge is “among numerous persons under consideration for the Supreme Court.”
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) is a close adviser to President Joe Biden and the highest-ranking Black leader in Congress. Clyburn has been rallying support for Childs considerably more enthusiasm than he has shown for Democrats’ police reform plan or the Build Back Better Act. “He wants to make sure it’s a woman who receives universal support,” Clyburn said on CNN on Wednesday.
Moreover, Judge Childs’ history as a practicing attorney is explored in depth by a writer for the Prospect. Childs’s background is worth investigating more, and she already enjoys bipartisan support. Childs specialized in labor and employment law, defending companies against claims of racial discrimination, civil rights breaches, and union organizing campaigns. Her experience as a partner at Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard from 1992 to 2000 adds to the worry that she isn’t checking all the appropriate boxes.
Therefore Childs, the first Black female partner in a South Carolina law practice, was engaged in 25 lawsuits involving allegations of employment discrimination or other civil rights violations relating to work. Childs represented the defendant in all but two of the cases she registered, which means she primarily represented employers accused of breaking civil rights and gender discrimination statutes in the workplace. Nexsen Pruet, where Childs worked for a long time, has advertised its anti-union services to companies looking to keep their workplace “union-free.”
Her nomination appears to be a step backward for this Administration, but schizophrenia, on top of the apparent cognitive minefield, is on-brand. Her nomination would set up a fight between the Democratic Party’s legacy and progressive wings.