Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSBlog recently published a post discussing potential Supreme Court nominees if President Obama is reelected. Among the long list of potential candidates were two members of North Carolina's appellate bench:
The President could also reach into the state court systems.... I limited myself to the highest courts of California, New York, Texas, and Florida. I also know about Cheri Beasley (N.C. Ct. App.); Yvette McGee Brown (Ohio S. Ct.); and Patricia Timmons-Goodson (N.C. S. Ct.). I am sure I am missing others. But state appellate judges will generally fly under the radar of the President’s staff, as the process tends to revolve around known commodities who have been involved in the federal system.
While the list is highly speculative, it is good to see that North Carolina's appellate judges are well regarded enough to be included in this type of conversation.