On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the nomination was held from June 28 - July 1, 2010. The Judiciary Committee reported the nomination to the Senate for consideration on July 20, 2010. The Senate confirmed the nomination on August 5, 2010.
Justice Kagan earned her A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1981. She graduated from the Worcester College at Oxford University in 1983 with a Master of Philosophy. In 1986, she graduated from Harvard Law School. Justice Kagan served as a clerk to Judge Abner Mikva from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987, and from 1987-1988 she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Following her clerkships, she worked as an Associate at Williams & Connolly, LLP, in Washington, D.C., and then as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. From 1995-1999, she worked in the Clinton administration. Justice Kagan became a professor at Harvard Laws School in 1999, and eventually became the dean of the Harvard Law School. In 2009, she was confirmed as the first woman to serve as the Solicitor General of the United States.
- Committee Questionnaire and Related Materials
- Letters and Materials Sent and Received in Connection with the Nomination
- Photo Gallery
A transcript of the hearing, including the Committee Questionnaire, responses to questions submitted for the record, and letters received in connection with the nomination, is available through the Government Printing Office. An Errata print of the transcripts is also available online.
*NOTE: Due to a printing error at the Government Printing Office, the responses to questions submitted for the record are not included in the hearing transcript. Responses to questions submitted for the record are available here.
- Responses to Questions Submitted for the Record to Elena Kagan, Nominee to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States