ASSOCIATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEE ELENA KAGAN CONFIRMED BY THE U.S. SENATE
BY A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 63 YEAS TO 37 NAYS, LENA KAGAN BECOMES THE 112TH ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE US SUPREME COURT
On August 5, 2010, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the United States Senate, by a vote of 63 yeas to 37 nays, confirmed NAACP-endorsed Elena Kagan to serve as the 112th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. President Obama nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on May 10th, 2010. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the nomination the week of June 28, 2010, and on July 20, 2010, the Committee voted, 13 to 6, to approve of the nomination and to send it forward to the full U.S. Senate for a vote. Throughout her career and the nomination process, Ms. Kagan has demonstrated a commitment to civil rights, a respect for the established law of the land and a fair and balanced judicial temperament.
Ms. Kagan's distinguished academic and professional background demonstrate that she will be a thoughtful, impartial, and highly-respected addition to the Court. After graduating with distinction from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Kagan served as a law clerk for two giants of the 20th century judiciary, D.C. Circuit Judge Abner Mikva and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Since that time, she has devoted her career largely to academia and public service, excelling in both areas. Her career also marked several historic "firsts" for women: she was the first female Dean of Harvard Law School and is currently the first female U.S. Solicitor General.
During her tenure at the White House, Ms. Kagan worked on issues such as strengthening anti-hate crimes legislation and strengthening civil rights enforcement for all Americans. More recently, as Solicitor General, Elena Kagan has vigorously defended the nation's equal opportunity and civil rights laws. Finally, as a law school Dean, she worked to ensure a diverse student body and faculty.