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Elena Kagan

Elena KaganBorn: 28-Apr-1960
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Judge, Attorney, Educator
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Supreme Court Justice

While professor at Harvard Law School in 1999, Bill Clinton nominated Kagan to the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee controlled by Republican Orrin Hatch refused to give her a hearing, leaving the nomination to languish until the end of Clinton's term. Three years later she was Dean of Harvard Law, a post she vacated to become the first woman to hold office as US Solicitor General. Kagan's appointment there was a highly partisan affair, but this time with sufficient votes to confirm her to that office. In 2010, Barack Obama nominated her to the US Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens, then retiring having spent 35 years on the court. Opponents argued that one who had never served as a judge should not sit on the court -- including Hatch, the very one who blocked her a decade earlier from obtaining that experience. The US Senate approved her nomination on party lines, 63 to 37. She is the fourth female to serve on the court.

Father: Robert Kagan (attorney)
Mother: Gloria Gittelman (schoolteacher)

    High School: Hunter College High School, New York City, NY (1977)
    University: AB, Princeton University (1981)
    University: MPhil, Worcester College, Oxford University (1983)
    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1986)
    Professor: University of Chicago Law School (1991-97)
    Professor: Harvard Law School (1999-2009)
    Administrator: Dean, Harvard Law School (2003-09)

    US Supreme Court Justice (7-Aug-2010 to present)
    US Solicitor General (2009-10)
    White House Staff Depy. Asst. for Domestic Policy (1997-99)
    White House Staff Associate Counsel (1995-96)
    Williams & Connolly Associate (1988-91)
    Law Clerk to Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court (1987-88)
    Law Clerk to Abner J. Mikva, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit (1986-87)
    Mike Dukakis for President 1988 Advisor
    Obama for America
    Obama for Illinois
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker


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