But Sears' name has not appeared on short lists of possible nominees to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced Friday he will retire this summer. No other local judges or attorneys have, as yet, emerged as possible nominees either.
Sears, 54, retired from the Georgia Supreme Court last June to join a private law firm, teach and work for a think tank and was among those considered by the Obama administration to replace former Justice David Souter. Sears was out of the country Friday and unavailable for comment. Last May, Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York, to succeed Souter. She was confirmed by the Senate in August by a vote of 68 to 31.