Just days after President Barack Obama announced he will nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, speculation is already swirling about who will replace her as solicitor general, with names including Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire reportedly on a White House short list for the post.

Also being mentioned as possible contenders are current principal deputy solicitor general Neal Katyal, former Jenner & Block partner Donald Verrilli, current Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel partner David Frederick, former New York solicitor general Preeta Bansal, former Morrison & Foerster partner Beth Brinkmann and partner Patricia Millett of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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