NAACP URGES SWIFT CONFIRMATION OF ELENA KAGAN TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

A CAREFUL REVIEW OF RECORD AND A THOROUGHHEARING DEMONSTRATE THE NECESSARY JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT, RESPECT FOR CIVILRIGHTS ENFORCEMENT AND A PROVEN COMMITMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. 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. This vote is scheduled to occur as early as next Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Ms. Kagan's distinguished academic and professional background suggests 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.

The NAACP supports Elena Kagan's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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