Elena worked for Thurgood Marshall, who commanded the civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka to the Supreme Court before he became a judge. During the Clinton administration, she tackled Big Tobacco. Off all the literature she read, her favorite one is Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." She's also was the first female to be the dean of Harvard Law School.
Obviously, there are different viewpoints regarding the nomination. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, said that Elena is inexperienced and dislikes her for being an abortion advocate and activist and an apologist for activist judges. There are other anti-abortion groups that are willing to fight against her stance. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), a key conservative on the Judiciary Committee, felt Kagan is minimally qualify for the position and then disregarded the idea of a GOP filibuster. Lastly, the sole Judiciary Committee Republican to voted for the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-So. Car.), has a more positive outlook. He stated that he's generally pleased with Elena's performance as solicitor general, especially on the legal issues related to the war on terror. Moreover, he's eagerly anticipating to meet with her and discuss her qualifications.
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