Sometimes the yearbook gets it right. Thomas Hardiman was considered “most likely to succeed” in the Waltham High yearbook of 1983. He’s made a mark in the legal profession — and now he’s reported to be among the group of four that President Trump is considering for the Supreme Court. Ever the showman, Trump is expected to announce his decision at 9 p.m. Monday.
Here’s a quick look at Hardiman and the four other candidates.
Hardiman is a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia. The president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is one of his former colleagues on the Third US Circuit Court of Appeals, and she has been pushing for him. The New York Times reported late Monday morning that Hardiman is one of two people the president has narrowed the field down to.
Hardiman has a conservative judicial record. He is seen as strongly pro-gun and he has voted to restrict court challenges from immigrants. But he has not taken public positions on other legal controversies, including abortion and affirmative action. He was reported to be runnerup last year when Trump picked Neil Gorsuch to take the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, is reportedly the other finalist. Kavanaugh is said to be a favorite of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is supervising the search. But Kavanaugh will bring with him a massive paper trial, including from working as an appeals court judge, working in the George W. Bush White House, and working for independent counsel Kenneth Starr on the lengthy investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Sifting through the materials could bog down the process and red flags could potentially be raised for Democrats, Bloomberg News reported. Some conservatives, eyeing his Bush administration work, have also questioned if he is too much of an establishment choice.
He generally follows a pragmatic approach and his judicial philosophy is conservative, scotusblog.com reports.
Barrett, the only woman in the mix, is a federal appeals court judge in Chicago. An outspoken social conservative, she was a long-time Notre Dame University law professor before being appointed to the bench last year.
Because of her short time on the bench, she has written a limited number of opinions. But she has been a prolific scholar. Some of her articles drew flak at her confirmation hearing, with Democratic senators suggesting that they indicated that Barrett would be influenced by her Catholic faith, particularly on the question of abortion, scotusblog.com reports.
Barrett’s membership in a group called “People of Praise” also has raised eyebrows.
Kethledge is a federal appeals court judge in Cincinnati. In a decade on the bench, Kethledge has created a large body of opinions but has not weighed in on some potentially divisive issues, including abortion and affirmative action, scotusblog.com reports.
He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published last year called ‘‘Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude.’’Rosemarie McDonald of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.