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Elena Kagan Keeps It Real, Says Having An Eight-Member Supreme Court Is Not 'Cost-Free'

With their summer recess winding down, members of the Supreme Court are wrapping up their public appearances before they return to the bench in October. In one such event last week, Justice Elena Kagan gave law students at Harvard aShow More Summary

Kagan: 8-member Supreme Court a problem over time

Justice Elena Kagan says the longer the Supreme Court is stuck with only eight members, the more it has to deal with the prospect of not being able to decide cases. … Click to Continue »

Political InQueery: The Supreme Gap Between Reality and Make-Believe

June 28, 2010, is a Monday. It is also roughly a week after the summer solstice, so just as the days start getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere, the United States Senate will begin hearings to confirm Elena Kagan as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Show More Summary

Justice Sotomayor Doesn’t Believe SCOTUS Will Ever Be Diverse Enough to Look Just Like America

3 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor have been speaking out about the vacancy and the job in general for a few days now.

Sidebar: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan Muse Over a Cookie-Cutter Supreme Court

The justices discussed diversity on a Supreme Court drawn solely from Ivy League law schools and almost entirely from the East and West Coasts.

Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia Bonded Over ‘Veep,’ And Other Revelations From Last Night’s Just For Laughs Panel

 Yeah, yeah the country’s never been more polarized. But at least we have the bipartisan appeal of Veep, a show so unifying in its vision of selfish, bickering D.C. politicians that it was practically the only thing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the late Justice Antonin Scalia could agree upon. (Well, that and deer […]

In Upholding UT's Affirmative Action Program, Supreme Court Brings Closure To The Issue - For Now

In a 4-3 ruling broken down on ideological grounds, the Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action program used by the University of Texas. With the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat still unfilled and Elena Kagan sitting out because of her previous work on the case as Solicitor General, Justice Anthony Kennedy [...]

Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Texas Affirmative Action Program

3 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

On Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an affirmative action program used by the University of Texas to increase diversity among its student body. With Justice Elena Kagan recused due to her work on the case as solicitor general, the vote in the case—called Fisher v. Show More Summary

Morning Wrap: Justices 'Working Hard' to Avoid Deadlocks | The Grassley-Garland Breakfast

Justice Elena Kagan says the court is "working hard" to achieve consensus and avoid 4-4 deadlocks. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will meet Merrick Garland for breakfast. And a look at the Panama law firm at the center of the offshore-account data leak. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.       

Supreme Court Is Working Hard to Avoid Deadlocks, Kagan Says

6 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The court, facing the prospect of an extended stretch with an eight-member bench, is “working really hard” to reach consensus, Justice Elena Kagan said.

The Most Interesting Opinion The Supreme Court Handed Down This Year

Justice Elena Kagan thinks that her Court took a terrible wrong turn in a 27-year-old opinion limiting the right to counsel. The post The Most Interesting Opinion The Supreme Court Handed Down This Year appeared first on ThinkProgre...

What two legal scholars learned from studying 70 years of Supreme Court confirmation hearings

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Joe Biden called them a “kabuki dance.” Elena Kagan called them a “vapid and hollow charade.” So Supreme Court confirmation hearings are worthless, right? Wrong. Our research moves beyond the conventional wisdom espoused by Biden, Kagan and others, and presents a strong case for an alternative view...

The Return Of The D.I.Y. Abortion

7 months agoNews : Huffington Post

During oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Justice Elena Kagan noted that she was struck by the clear relationship between abortion restrictions in Texas and the closing of abortion clinics. Show More Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Walked All Over Texas' Restrictive Abortion Law

7 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major abortion rights case with three women on the bench. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan all played an outsized role in the hearing for Whole Woman's Health v. Show More Summary

Elena Kagan Is the Best Writer on the Supreme Court

When Justice Clarence Thomas broke his decade-long silence on Monday to defend the Second Amendment rights of domestic abusers, court-watchers speculated that the famously reticent justice might step up to fill the conservative vacuum created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Show More Summary

"But I hope he sends us someone smart," said Scalia to David Axelrod. "I hope he sends us Elena Kagan."

Writes Axelrod, at CNN.com today.He's relating a conversation he had with Scalia when they happened to have been seated together at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, right after David Souter had announced his retirement. Show More Summary

Antonin Scalia Actually Rooted For Elena Kagan's Nomination

7 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Antonin Scalia may have been a reliably conservative justice on the Supreme Court, but his personal preferences were a little more surprising.  Less than a day after Scalia's death, David Axelrod, in a CNN blog post, shared a little-known anecdote about the 79-year-old justice: He was pulling for the nomination of liberal Justice Elena Kagan. Show More Summary

Scalia Wanted Kagan on the Supreme Court

David Axelrod reports that the late Justice Antonin Scalia actually recommended that President Obama pick Elena Kagan to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Said Scalia: “I have no illusions that your man will nominate someone who shares my [...]

Rep. Louie Gohmert: Impeach RBG and Elena Kagan Because Gay Marriage – LISTEN

8 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has said the Supreme Court declared itself God by ruling in favor of same-sex marriage last year. Speaking with radio show host Joyce Kaufman last week, Gohmert said the ruling was an “illegal decision” and called for Jus… Read The post Rep. Louie Gohmert: Impeach RBG and Elena Kagan Because Gay Marriage – LISTEN appeared first on Towleroad.

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Requiring Union Members to Pay Dues

In a case that Justice Elena Kagan has said could "radically restructure the way workplaces across" the United States "are run," the court will hear from both sides of a case brought by 10 California teachers who say they have a First Amendment right not pay fees to a union.

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