Elena Kagan biography

Elena Kagan

Law professor, Judge

1960 –


Who is Elena Kagan?

Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kagan is the Court's 112th justice and fourth female justice.

Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After attending Princeton, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, she completed federal Court of Appeals and Supreme Court clerkships. She began her career as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, leaving to serve as Associate White House Counsel, and later as policy adviser, under President Clinton. After a nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which expired without action, she became a professor at Harvard Law School and was later named its first female dean.

President Obama appointed her Solicitor General on January 26, 2009. On May 10, 2010, Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy from the impending retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens. After Senate confirmation, Kagan was sworn in on August 7, 2010, by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Kagan's formal investiture ceremony before a special sitting of the United States Supreme Court took place on October 1, 2010.


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Apr 28, 1960
  • Conservative Judaism
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • Princeton University
  • Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School
  • Worcester College, Oxford
  • Hunter College High School
  • University of Oxford
  • Hunter College
  • United States Department of Justice
    (2009/03/19 - )
Lived in
  • New York City

on July 23, 2013

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