Elena Kagan

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 2010

Elena Kagan (born April 28, 1960)[2] is an American lawyer and judge. She is a United States Supreme Court Justice. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010. She is one of four women on the court. Kagan is the only Supreme Court Justice who had never been a judge before becoming a Justice. Before being a Justice, she was Solicitor General and dean of Harvard Law School. Kagan was born and raised in New York City[3] and is Jewish.[4]

Elena Kagan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Assumed office
August 7, 2010
Nominated byBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn Paul Stevens
45th Solicitor General of the United States
In office
March 19, 2009 – May 17, 2010[1]
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyNeal Katyal
Preceded byEdwin Kneedler (Acting)
Succeeded byNeal Katyal (Acting)
11th Dean of Harvard Law School
In office
July 1, 2003 – March 19, 2009
Preceded byRobert Clark
Succeeded byMartha Minow
Personal details
Born (1960-04-28) April 28, 1960 (age 64)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Alma materPrinceton University
Worcester College, Oxford
Harvard University


  1. Rajghatta, Chidanand (May 19, 2010). "PIO Neal Katyal poised to become US solicitor general". The Times of India. Times News Network. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  2. Who's Who In America (2008). "Elena Kagan – WhosWhoInAmerica.Com". Marquis. Archived from the original on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  3. "A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness". The New York Times. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Katharine Q. Seelye, Lisa W. Foderaro. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-15.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. Obama picks Kagan as Justice nominee