Elena Kagan bio box

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

Born: April 28, 1960 (1960-04-28)(age 50) in New York City

Education: Princeton University, Worcester College, Oxford, Harvard Law School

Current job: 45th U.S. solicitor general. Obama nominated her for this position as well, and she assumed office on March 19, 2009.

Career highlights: Law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; associate at Williams & Connolly law firm; professor at the University of Chicago Law School; associate White House counsel, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council under President Bill Clinton; dean of Harvard law school.

Fun facts: If Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she would be the fourth female justice in U.S. history and the eighth Jewish justice.