Elena Kagan

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Date of Birth April 28, 1960
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Age 60 years old
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Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2010, and confirmed by the Senate in August of the same year. She is the fourth woman to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Princeton University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School, she clerked for a federal Court of Appeals judge and for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She began her career as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, leaving to serve as Associate White House Counsel, and later as policy adviser under President Bill Clinton. After a nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which expired without action, she became a professor at Harvard Law School and was later named its first female dean. In 2009, Kagan became the first female Solicitor General of the United States.

Born: April 28, 1960, New York City, U.S.
Education: Princeton University (AB), Worcester College, Oxford (MPhil), Harvard University (JD)
Preceded by: John Paul Stevens

About Elena Kagan

Fourth female Supreme Court Justice. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace John Paul Stevens.

Before Fame

She went abroad to study at Oxford, earning a Master of Philosophy in the early 1980s.

Achievement

She was appointed Solicitor General by President Obama one year before he nominated her for the Supreme Court.

Family Life

She grew up as her family's middle child. Her father was a lawyer, while her mother was a teacher.

Associations

She continued the legacy of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor, who was nominated in 1981.

Information related to Elena Kagan

  • Barack Obama Supreme Court candidates - President Barack Obama made two successful appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States. The first was Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice David H. Souter. Sotomayor was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 6, 2009, by a vote of 68–31.
  • Bill Clinton judicial appointment controversies
  • Demographics of the Supreme Court of the United States - The demographics of the Supreme Court of the United States encompass the gender, ethnicity, and religious, geographic, and economic backgrounds of the 114 people who have been appointed and confirmed as justices to the Supreme Court.
  • American Conservative Jews
  • First Amendment scholars
  • Constitutional court women judges
  • United States Solicitors General
  • Hunter College High School alumni
  • Harvard Law School faculty
  • Alumni of Worcester College, Oxford
  • Law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States
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