Before her nomination Elena Kagan served as a onetime political adviser to former President Bill Clinton. She is currently the Solicitor General of the United States, a position appointed to her by President Barack Obama last January 26, 2009.
Elena Kagan (pronounced /ˈkeɪɡən/; born April 28, 1960) is the Solicitor General of the United States and a pending nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed she will fill the position of Justice John Paul Stevens who will be retiring at the end of the Supreme Court's 2009–2010 term.
Here is the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Proceedings on Elena Kagan courtesy of CBS News:
Kagan was a native of New York City and attended Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law School. She completed federal Court of Appeals and Supreme Court clerkships. She also served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Later she left the school to serve as an Associate White House Counsel and later policy adviser under President Bill Clinton.
Elena Kagan assured the Judiciary Committee on Monday that she would be an impartial jurist who would not use the power of the court to override the will of the people or Congress. Will the committee, most particularly the Republicans be impressed with her? That remains to be seen.
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