02/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harvard, Stanford's First Female Deans Vie For Obama Post

The first female deans of the Harvard and Stanford law schools are the top candidates to serve as Barack Obama's voice at the U.S. Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the selection process.

Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, 48, and former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan, 53, are the two leading contenders for the position of solicitor general, a position informally known as the "tenth justice."

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