Photo Gallery: Elena Kagan Through The Years

  • U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena  Kagan testifies during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, June 29. Kagan is President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee since taking office.
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    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, June 29. Kagan is President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee since taking office.
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  • On the second day of Kagan's confirmation hearings, senators questioned her about her role as a judge and hot-button issues like abortion and gun rights.
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    On the second day of Kagan's confirmation hearings, senators questioned her about her role as a judge and hot-button issues like abortion and gun rights.
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  • Elena Kagan shakes hands with GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions (right) as Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy looks on before the start of the confirmation hearing, June 28.
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    Elena Kagan shakes hands with GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions (right) as Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy looks on before the start of the confirmation hearing, June 28.
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  • Elena Kagan takes her seat prior to the start of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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    Elena Kagan takes her seat prior to the start of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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  • Kagan listens to opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of her confirmation hearings.
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    Kagan listens to opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of her confirmation hearings.
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  • Kagan graduated from Hunter College High School, a publicly funded school for gifted students on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in 1977. Here, she raises her arm during a class trip to Philadelphia, in a photo from the yearbook.
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    Kagan graduated from Hunter College High School, a publicly funded school for gifted students on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in 1977. Here, she raises her arm during a class trip to Philadelphia, in a photo from the yearbook.
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  • Kagan (second from left in the front row) poses with members of the Hunter College High School student government in New York. Kagan, wearing a robe and holding a gavel, was the student council president.
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    Kagan (second from left in the front row) poses with members of the Hunter College High School student government in New York. Kagan, wearing a robe and holding a gavel, was the student council president.
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  • Kagan, who graduated from Harvard Law School, became the first female dean of the school in 2003. Here, she is pictured in an official portrait in Cambridge, Mass., in 2004.
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    Kagan, who graduated from Harvard Law School, became the first female dean of the school in 2003. Here, she is pictured in an official portrait in Cambridge, Mass., in 2004.
    Kathleen Dooher/Harvard Law School
  • Kagan, then President Obama's nominee to be solicitor general, is sworn in prior to her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 10, 2009, along with Thomas Perelli, nominated for the post of associate attorney general.
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    Kagan, then President Obama's nominee to be solicitor general, is sworn in prior to her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 10, 2009, along with Thomas Perelli, nominated for the post of associate attorney general.
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  • Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talks with Kagan during a forum on the state of the judiciary at Georgetown University Law Cnter May 20, 2009. If confirmed, Kagan would be the fourth woman to serve on the high court.
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    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talks with Kagan during a forum on the state of the judiciary at Georgetown University Law Cnter May 20, 2009. If confirmed, Kagan would be the fourth woman to serve on the high court.
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  • Kagan and Gen. David Petraeus (center) participate in a pinning ceremony June 3, 2009, for Harvard Law School student Kyle Scherer. Opposition to Kagan has focused partly on her stance on the military; at Harvard, she opposed letting military recruiters on campus because of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
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    Kagan and Gen. David Petraeus (center) participate in a pinning ceremony June 3, 2009, for Harvard Law School student Kyle Scherer. Opposition to Kagan has focused partly on her stance on the military; at Harvard, she opposed letting military recruiters on campus because of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
    Phil Farnsworth/Harvard Law School
  • This artist rendering shows Kagan (right) arguing a campaign finance reform case before the Supreme Court on Sept. 9, 2009. Before becoming solicitor general, Kagan had never argued before the Supreme Court.
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    This artist rendering shows Kagan (right) arguing a campaign finance reform case before the Supreme Court on Sept. 9, 2009. Before becoming solicitor general, Kagan had never argued before the Supreme Court.
    AP Photo/Dana Verkouteran (Dana Verkouteran/AP
  • President Barack Obama meets with Kagan on April 30 in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Kagan would become the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court.
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    President Barack Obama meets with Kagan on April 30 in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Kagan would become the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court.
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  • Obama introduces Kagan as his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the East Room of the White House on May 10, as Vice President Joe Biden applaudes.
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    Obama introduces Kagan as his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the East Room of the White House on May 10, as Vice President Joe Biden applaudes.
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