Elena Kagan Faces First Vote In Senate; Party Line Vote Expected

Elena Kagan as Dean of Harvard Law School
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This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is wrapping up its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan.  Much of the speech in opposition to General Kagan centers on an alleged lack of appropriate experience for the Supreme Court.  While listening to the hearings, it seemed appropriate to provide a quick summary of General Kagan’s legal experience and qualifications:

  1. Masters in Philosophy, Oxford University, 1983
  2. Graduate, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard Law School, 1986
  3. Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, 1988
  4. Counsel to President Clinton, 1995-1999
  5. Appellate Justice, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999-2003
  6. First female Dean of Harvard Law School, 2003-2009
  7. First female Solicitor General, appointed January 5, 2010

Aside from an apparent lack of experience as a practicing attorney, General Kagan brings strong academic credentials and judicial experience on the Nation’s most powerful appellate bench.  It is singularly interesting to watch one Republican after another decry General Kagan’s nomination when many, if not most, of these same Senators were all but committed to supporting President George W. Bush‘s failed nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers, a far more political position than Solicitor General.

You can watch the hearings on C-Span3’s Live Stream.  You can read a full overview of General Kagan’s background here.

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