Elena Kagan meets with senators on Capitol Hill

U.S. Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000007596" title="Elena Kagan" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/justice-system/elena-kagan-PEPLT000007596.topic">Elena Kagan</a> (C) arrives for a meeting with Sen. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT003513" title="John Kerry" href="/topic/politics-government/government/john-kerry-PEPLT003513.topic">John Kerry</a> (D-MA) at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. If confirmed by the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics-government/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a>, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice to join the high court without prior judicial experience since William Rehnquist in 1972. Kagan was selected by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics-government/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a> to replace retiring Justice <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002037" title="John Paul Stevens" href="/topic/politics-government/john-paul-stevens-PECLB002037.topic">John Paul Stevens</a>.

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U.S. Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (C) arrives for a meeting with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice to join the high court without prior judicial experience since William Rehnquist in 1972. Kagan was selected by President Barack Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

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