Monday, May 10, 2010
Breaking News: Obama May Nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
The New York Times is reporting that President Barack Obama has apparently settled on Elena Kagan as his nominee for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by John Paul Stevens. Kagan serves as Obama's Solicitor General, essentially the country's Supreme Court lawyer.
The New York City native is a former Dean of the Havard School of Law and has an extensive academic background. She clerked under former Justice Thurgood Marshall but has no bench experience as a jurist. If confirmed, she would reportedly be the first justice in 40 years to lack judicial experience. She is also just 50 years old which is very young for an Associate Justice.
I need to read up on her before I make comment. Obama struck gold with Sonia Sotomayor who was impressively qualified and ready to serve on the court. At first blush, her credentials seem to be in order, and she seems to hold some progressive views. She is somewhat of an unknown commodity when it comes to how she will rule, so, if she is Obama's nominee, it will be interesting to watch these confirmation hearings. Let the fun begin!!
At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Obama made it official and announced Kagan as his nominee.