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Monday, May 10, 2010


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

BREAKING NEWS .... OBAMA TO NOMINATE KAGAN

On Friday it was our Governor naming Joe Fernandez to a Circuit Court seat. And today, President Obama will nominate Elena Kagan at the nation's 112th justice. Kagan is currently the Solicitor General of the US.

Assuming Kagan wins confirmation, she will be the lone justice among the nine that did not sit on the Federal bench. In fact, she will be the first justice in nearly four decades without any prior judicial experience. (Name the last one?)

Kagan is 50 years old and a past Dean of Harvard Law School. She earned degrees from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard. She clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the last Solicitor General to go from that position to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, every justice on the court will have studied law at either Harvard or Yale.


CAPTAIN OUT .....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In response to your question, the last Supreme Court justice who was nominated without having prior judicial experience was Justice Lewis Powell, nominated by President Nixon in 1972. Justice (and later Chief Justice) William Rehnquist, nominated in 1970 by President Nixon, also had no prior judicial experience before taking his seat on the Supreme Court.