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Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 7, 2010. Kagan is the Court's 112th justice and fourth female justice.
Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After attending Princeton, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, she completed federal Court of Appeals and Supreme Court clerkships. She began her career as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, leaving to serve as Associate White House Counsel, and later as policy adviser, under President Clinton. After a nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which expired without action, she became a professor at Harvard Law School and was later named its first female dean.
President Obama appointed her Solicitor General on January 26, 2009. On May 10, 2010, Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy from the impending retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens. After Senate confirmation, Kagan was sworn in on August 7, 2010, by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Kagan's formal investiture ceremony before a special sitting of the United States Supreme Court took place on October 1, 2010. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Without Reason or Empathy
2014-07-07
That's just what Sotomayor, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, did in this dissent. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," she declared, using the first-person plural to refer to the court.
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  1. WSJ Downplays Rare Supreme Court Order To Accuse Sotomayor Of ...

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The president's rotten high-court record
2014-07-05
The administration's position, that government could decide who counts as clergy, was described as “amazing” by Justice (and former Obama solicitor general) Elena Kagan. Then there's First Amendment freedom of speech. In McCullen v. Coakley, decided ...
(New York Post)
  1. Not So Fast, Mr. President
  2. Looking to a lawsuit: Signing statements and the Supreme Court
  3. Michael Barone commentary: Obama administration pummeled by Supreme Court

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Female Justices Issue Scathing Dissent In The First Post-Hobby Lobby Birth ...
2014-07-04
"Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the dissent, joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Not so today." The 6-3 order, which was unsigned, followed the ...
(Business Insider)
  1. College wins US top court temporary exemption on Obamacare birth control
  2. Justices let Christian college avoid contraception rule

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Supreme Court Order Suspends Contraception Rule for Christian College
2014-07-03
The court's order was brief, provisional and unsigned, but it drew a furious reaction from the three female justices — Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan — who said the court had betrayed a promise it made on Monday in ...
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  1. Justices let Christian college avoid contraception rule
  2. Supreme Court sides with Wheaton College in dispute over contraception ...
  3. Female Justices issue blistering dissent over new contraceptive case

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Chart of the Week: How the Supreme Court justices line up
2014-07-03
The chart above, from The New York Times, shows how often each justice has sided with every other justice in the 280 decisions issued since 2010 (the Court's lineup has been stable since Elena Kagan joined it in 2010). The highest agreement rates, ...
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  1. Often-split court agrees your privacy matters
  2. At High Court, Nine Judges Who Agree. Wait Till October

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Supreme Court slaps down the Obama administration
2014-07-02
The administration's position, that government could decide who counts as clergy, was described as “amazing” by Justice (and former Obama solicitor general) Elena Kagan. The First Amendment freedom of speech is not highly valued by the administration ...
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  1. Humiliating defeat for Obama: Supreme Court rebukes White House with two ...

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Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good
2014-06-30
The three horsewomen of the Court's progressive wing, from left, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. All voted in the Harris minority Monday to save union "agency fees." The three horsewomen of the Court's progressive wing, ...
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  1. Supreme Court limits who must pay public-sector union fees
  2. High court ruling could hurt union

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Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby, against unions
2014-06-30
SEIU from 2012, it may spell trouble for public sector unions down the road and could foreshadow the eventual over-ruling of Abood. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent. Second, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court held 5-4 that closely held ...
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  1. Supreme Court Rules In Hobby Lobby Case, Dealing Blow To Birth Control ...
  2. Planned Parenthood, birth control advocate condemn Supreme Court's ruling in ...
  3. Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

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Obey God or Government? US Supreme Court May Force Christians Out of ...
2014-06-29
Justice Elena Kagan agreed, asserting that companies could consequently challenge other federal laws, such as the minimum wage requirement and child labor laws, based on religious claims. She contended that Hobby Lobby didn't have to provide the ...
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  1. Contraception Mandate Case

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