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May 10, 2010 / J. Shaw

Background on Elena 'Shorty' Kagan

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BRAINROOM: Background on Elena Kagan

ELENA KAGAN – U.S. Solicitor General

BORN: April 28, 1960; New York, N.Y.

EDUCATION: Princeton University, A.B. (history), 1981; Oxford University, M. Phil., 1983; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986

CLERKSHIPS: Judge Abner Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1986-1987); Justice Thurgood Marshall, United States Supreme Court (1987-1988).

CAREER: Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP (1989-1991); Assistant Professor, Law School, University of Chicago (1991-1995); Professor, Law School, University of Chicago (1995-1997); Associate Counsel to the President, William J. Clinton Administration (1995-1996); Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, Staff, Domestic Policy Council, Executive Office of the President, William J. Clinton Administration (1997-1999); Dean, Harvard Law School, Harvard University (2003-2009); U.S. solicitor general (2009 to present).

FAMILY: Single

Kagan was born in 1960 in New York City.

Kagan received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, as Princeton’s Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Fellow, and received an M. Phil. in 1983. She attended Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.

Kagan clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986 to 1987 and then she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. (Justice Marshall, ascended to the court after serving as solicitor general.) Justice Marshall called her, Kagan once wrote, “to my face and I imagine also behind my back, ‘Shorty.’ “

Kagan went into private practice in Washington from 1989 until 1991, working as an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly.

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