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Justice Elena Kagan gives an inside look at the U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Elena Kagan gives an inside look at the U.S. Supreme Court

Here's a story most don't know about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. As she planned to leave the Clinton White House in 1999, she wanted to return to the tenured faculty position she had given up at the University of Chicago Law School, but she had been gone too long to do so without a faculty vote. The vote never came. So she left for Harvard Law School, where she rose to dean and then to solicitor general before President Barack Obama nominated her to the high court. There were no traces of resentment during Kagan's nearly hour-long appearance at the U. of C. Law School on Monday evening. The vote that never happened? Never came up. Besides, Kagan was...

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