By Sam Youngman - 04/13/10 05:13 PM EDT
President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFrustration with White House builds in Hispanic caucus Giuliani touts Trump as true candidate of 'hope' Obama: 'Stop to reflect' on Memorial Day MORE is scheduled to meet next week with key Senate leaders at the White House to discuss filling the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
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The meeting is a courtesy similar to one Obama extended to Senate leaders after Justice David Souter retired last year.
The president selected Justice Sonia Sotomayor to fill the seat, and she was confirmed before last fall's term.
Obama and White House aides have said they expect the Senate to vote on confirmation of whomever Obama selects this time over the summer, so the nominee can be seated before the start of the fall term in October.