Elena Kagan

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Elena Kagan
Occupation Justice
Employer U.S. Supreme Court
Location Washington, D.C.
Website http://www.justice.gov/osg/

Elena Kagan is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 10, 2010, and has served since August 7, 2010.

Kagan was previously 45th Solicitor General of the United States, starting in March 2009. She had not previously sat on the bench as a judge. President Clinton nominated her in 1999 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but Kagan never got a hearing from the GOP-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee.[1]


Prior to her Justice Department confirmation, Kagan was the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law and became the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School in 2003. [2]

Kagan came to Harvard Law School as a visiting professor in 1999 and became Professor of Law in 2001.

From 1995 to 1999, Kagan served in the White House, first as associate counsel to the President (1995-96) and then as deputy assistant to the President for domestic policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council (1997-99).

In 1995, Kagan was named a tenured professor of law at University of Chicago Law School.

Kagan clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986 to 1987. The following year, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. She worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly from 1989 to 1991.


Kagan received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, as Princeton’s Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Fellow, and received an M. Phil. in 1983.[3]

Kagan attended Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.


  1. Biography. Who Runs Gov.
  2. Biography. Justice Department.
  3. Biography. Justice Department.