Elena Kagan was nominated to a judge for the United States Supreme Court by President Barak Obama. This is done one month after John Paul Stevens, 89, announced he will retire in the summer. If she successfully pass the confirmation hearings later this year, she currently would become the youngest judge at age 50. She is right now the 45th Solicitor General of the United States. In March 2009, she became the first female to be one. She was able to win the confirmation to that position with the support of seven Republicans. Elena responsibility is to oversee and conduct government litigation in the U. S. Supreme Court. Basically all such litigation are directed to her office and and then conducted. Each year, the U. S. is involved in about 66% of the cases that the Supreme Courts decides on the merits.
Elena grew up in a Jewish household in Manhattan's liberal intellectual Upper West Side and was considered a smart, witty girl. She's the granddaughter of immigrants and the daughter of a lawyer and a schoolteacher. When she was at Princeton, she was known for her quick thinking as a newspaper editor. She was erudite in American socialism as she majored in history. Her scholarly writings are meticulously nonideological. Elena has not shared her political views during her academic and public life.

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.

The nomination of Elena demonstrates that President Obama wants a pragmatic person who has desires to bring people together and who had a critical thinking approach to big constitutional questions during his or her education. He apparently also wants someone who has a reputation as a progressive without a clear record to show it.

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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