WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump sits down to pick a Supreme Court nominee to take the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, Phoenix native Bridget Bade will be on the list.
Trump added Bade 10 days ago, along with 19 others, to his short list of potential Supreme Court justices, bringing the total list of possible candidates to about 40. Others on the latest list included Republican senators, former solicitors general and high-profile attorneys who argue regularly before the high court.
Bade may be on the shortlist, but she also has a relatively short judicial resume.
A judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals only since last year, Bade was a U.S. magistrate judge for seven years before that and spent the previous two decades in private practice and as a government attorney, mostly in Arizona. But she has left a relatively low profile.
When asked about Bade recently, Arizona State University law professor Paul Bender said in an email that he wasn’t “sure if I have ever heard of her, actually.”
The American Bar Association rated Bade “well qualified” for her circuit court position but would not comment otherwise. The 9th Circuit refused to comment and 5th Circuit Court Judge Edith H. Jones, for whom Bade clerked after law school, did not respond to requests for comment. Calls to legal watchdog groups were also not returned.