Elena Kagan ’81 got drunk on election night in 1980. Standing in the Brooklyn Academy of Music with her vodka and tonic, she watched Walter Cronkite usher in the news that Democratic candidate Elizabeth Holtzman had lost the race for one of New York’s Senate seats. And then she sat down and wept. Three decades later, Kagan is the first female solicitor general of the United States and one of the leading candidates for President Barack Obama’s nomination to fill the seat of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who is due to retire when the court’s term ends this summer.
President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan ’81 to the Supreme Court on Monday morning, confirming month-long speculation that the current solicitor general was a leading candidate to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.
When Elena Kagan ’81 handed in her history thesis, she couldn’t have known the attention her senior year work would receive nearly 30 years later. Kagan, now the U.S. solicitor general, is widely considered to be a strong contender to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’81 is rumored to be among the top three candidates to fill Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens’s seat on the bench, following his announcement on Friday that he will retire when the court’s term ends this summer.
The Senate voted 63-37 to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’81 as the next Supreme Court justice, a historic move that marks the first time three women will serve simultaneously on the nation’s highest court.
The nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’81 to the Supreme Court was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in a 13-6 vote that went mostly along party lines.
One of the most difficult aspects of being a judge is understanding the role and limits of a justice’s position, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Elena Kagan ’81 argued in a discussion on her experiences and judicial views moderated by University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 on Thursday.
Kagan, nominated and appointed to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2010, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University, an M.Phil.
At a White House press conference Monday morning, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’81 to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.
Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan ’81 as the 46th solicitor general of the United States. She is the first woman to hold the position since it was created in 1870.
President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that he will nominate Elena Kagan ?81, dean of Harvard Law School, to the post of solicitor general in the Department of Justice.The Office of the Solicitor General argues all cases on behalf of the U.S.
Two Princeton alumnae — Elena Kagan ’81 and Sonia Sotomayor ’76 — are rumored to be on the short list for President Obama’s first appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Only one of the five women with close ties to Princeton who had been considered to replace interim chief Derek Bok as the next president of Harvard is still in the running, according to a report by the school's student newspaper.Early last month, President Tilghman; Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan '81; former vice provost Ruth Simmons, now president of Brown; and former provost Amy Gutmann, currently president of Penn, were listed among the 30 potential candidates for Harvard's top job.Among these names, a recent Crimson article listed Kagan as one of the remaining presidential candidates.
The first four female justices to serve on the Supreme Court are featured in a portrait on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery beginning Oct.
Elena Kagan '81 was named yesterday as Harvard University's new law school dean.Harvard president Lawrence Summers said Kagan will take the helm on June 30."I am honored and thrilled to become the next dean of Harvard Law School," Kagan said in a statement.
It strikes me as probable that Kagan shares Obama’s constitutional vision, and her reputation among her fellow lawyers is high. But the question of whether she would add to the diversity of the court requires further interpretation.
Five prominent administrators with close connections to Princeton are possible candidates for the Harvard presidency, according to a list of names produced by the school's presidential search committee.President Tilghman, Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan '81, former vice provost Ruth Simmons (now president of Brown) and former provost Amy Gutmann (now president of the University of Pennsylvania) are all on the list, which includes the names of 30 potential presidents.The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter '80 is also being considered.The Harvard search committee privately gave the list to the university's Board of Overseers on Sunday, and The Harvard Crimson published a partial list of 11 candidates on Tuesday. An individual with knowledge of the list confirmed the accuracy of the Crimson's list to The Daily Princetonian.A search to find a new leader for Harvard began after former president Larry Summers resigned in March following half a dozen major controversies, including his statement that differences in "intrinsic aptitude" between the sexes may explain why there are fewer women than men in top science and engineering academic posts.
The following piece, authored by editorial chairman Elena Kagan ’81 along with editorial editors Dave Hardison ’81 and Sally Swenson ’81, was published on Jan. 21, 1981, the last day of Kagan’s tenure at The Daily Princetonian.There are days when the three of us have trudged back to The Daily Princetonian edit office, tried futilely to turn off the heat that makes even the furniture sweat, breathed in the cigarette smoke that one of us insists on exhaling, and wondered why we were here. Days like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
In a long-anticipated move, Harvard confirmed the appointment of its first female president yesterday, announcing that Drew Gilpin Faust will be the university's 28th president.Dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a civil war historian, Faust beat out a strong field of contenders for the position, including Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan '81 and the presidents of several elite universities.Faust is the fifth woman ? the fourth in the last six years ? to become president of an Ivy League university.
Though Princeton does not have a law school, Princetonians have Sonia Sotomayor ?76, Elena Kagan ?81 and Samuel Alito ?72 currently in the Supreme Court as examples of those who successfully made it into the world of law.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor of The New Yorker David Remnick ’81 discussed the responsibilities of freedom and recalled how Princeton changed his life in his Class Day speech Monday morning.
Remnick opened by asking the Class Day committee what they were thinking when they chose him over the likes of comedian Louie C.K., filmmaker Lena Dunham and Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan ’81.
“The truth is, of course, I don’t want to know what led to your impoverished decision, because I’m so immensely grateful for it,” Remnick said.
He recalled arriving at Princeton as a freshman in 1976 as an “amorphous teenager … dim, denimed and desperate to learn.” Remnick majored in comparative literature — what his father called “fancy English” — though he told the crowd that he received a C-plus and D in Russian 102 and 105, respectively.
Despite his grades, however, Remnick said he was changed by the University, citing the classes he took with professors Robert Hollander and John McPhee ’53, and his experience outside the classroom writing for the University Press Club after initially being hosed and founding the Nassau Weekly.
Remnick likened the seniors to the protagonist of the novel “This Side of Paradise” by F.