May 25, 2010 The Bush and Clinton administrations let the Justice Department take the lead in preparing Supreme Court nominees for Senate confirmation. But the Obama White House has been leading nominee Elena Kagan through the process. And that's part of a pattern, observers say.
May 18, 2010 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan spent six years as dean of Harvard Law School. She is credited with ending decades of faculty feuds, and even critics say her tenure there was largely successful. But there are those who take issue with her management style and legacy on minority recruitment.
May 16, 2010 If Elena Kagan is confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court, it will lead to an Ivy League clean sweep: Each of the justices will have attended law school at either Harvard or Yale. But should a diploma from one of the country's top two law schools be a prerequisite for a job on the court?
May 12, 2010 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to begin a series of job interviews. Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, met privately with Senate leaders and with members of the Judiciary Committee, which will hold her confirmation hearing.
May 12, 2010 The current Supreme Court is composed of men and women who all served previously on the lower federal appeals courts. But in historical terms, this is the first time the court has had such a uniform professional pedigree.
May 11, 2010 President Obama and his supporters have been lauding Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a proven "consensus-builder." But historians say that designation often means little when used during the nomination process — and individual justices are rarely coalition catalysts.
May 11, 2010 Her positions on late abortions, detainee rights at Guantanamo Bay and military recruiters on campus are likely to come under scrutiny. But Elena Kagan's remarkably sparse public record may be one reason why President Obama picked her.
May 11, 2010 Elena Kagan, confirmed last year as solicitor general, returns to the corridors of the Capitol, this time seeking confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan has never been a judge, and her record on legal matters is difficult for senators to assess. She's expected to face some pushback from Senate Republicans.
May 10, 2010 If Elena Kagan is confirmed, she will become the first Supreme Court justice in four decades to ascend to the high court with no previous judicial experience. Is this a big deal? It depends on who's doing the talking. But historically, dozens of justices have taken nonjudicial paths to the Supreme Court.
May 10, 2010 Activists on the right may be calling the tune for the GOP in Washington when it comes to Elena Kagan. Tea Party ire has already killed Sen. Robert Bennett's re-election chances, and that has virtually all Republicans looking over their shoulders.