-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who has been serving for 34 years, is planning to retire this summer. At almost 90 years young, Justice Stevens is ready for a late retirement. He approximates it to be in late June or early July after the court finishes its work for the summer. He has left plenty of time for the Obama administration to find a well-fitted successor– some of the candidates including Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Judge Merrick Garland, or Judge Diane Wood. According to Mr. Obama, he is going to choose a liberal-leaning replacement for Justice Stevens.
Whoever the new justice will be, he or she will be held to high standards because of the reputation that Stevens has left. The influential leader of the Liberals is known as the convincing justice who would be able to narrow majorities in large cases. He could successfully draw the votes of the swing decisions in the court. Stevens isn’t one to sit around and let things happen, but rather the one to initiate discussion or debate, and the one assigned to the writing of the opinion of his side during a split decision. Justice Stevens believes in protecting businesses, people’s rights, and the overall welfare of our society. As the second oldest and fourth longest-serving justice, he has certainly made an impact in the history of the United States. From his example, Stevens proves that even at 90, people can make a difference in the world.