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Senate Democrats’ misleading language on a 60-vote ‘standard’ for Supreme Court nominees

Justice Neil Gorsuch “should have a hearing and he should meet the voting standard that Supreme Court nominees are held to of 60 votes, a standard that was met by Elena Kagan as well as Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s choices.” — Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), remarks on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Feb. 1, 2017 “If […]

Fans have fantasy sports, Supreme Court nerds have FantasySCOTUS

3 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

Legal website that predicted Elena Kagan in 2010 favors Gorsuch, Pryor.        

Harvard Law Dean Steps Down to Teach

When Elena Kagan left Harvard to become a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Martha Minow had a tough act to follow as the new dean at Harvard Law School. That was eight years ago, longer than Minow expected to serve as dean. Now, after weathering financial and enrollment......

Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Unique Group of Friends Includes Elena Kagan, Judge Judy

3 months agoNews : Mediaite

Pictured here, on the left, is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at a taping of Judge Judy. As you can see, Harbaugh appears to be smiling, while he observes the TV judge dressing down someone in her court. But later that day, the coach was not so pleased when Judge Judy took his measure in […]

Sonia Sotomayor: Sometimes I Wanted To Bash Scalia With a Baseball Bat

4 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw operas with him. Justice Elena Kagan went hunting with him. Justice Stephen Breyer traded playful barbs with him. But one liberal justice never fully succumbed to Antonin Scalia’s charm: Sonia Sotomayor. Show More Summary

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

5 months agoNews : Huffington Post

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

6 months 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

8 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

11 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

11 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

12 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

12 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

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