President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Kagan is currently serving as the Solicitor General. Kagan would take the place of retiring Justice Stevens.
Kagan previously served as Dean of the Harvard Law School. She is only fifty years old and would be the youngest member of the court. She would also be the first justice in nearly forty years without any prior judicial experience. If Kagan is approved by the Senate, every member of the Court will have attended either Harvard or Yale law school.
As Solicitor General, Kagan has served as the government’s voice to the Supreme Court. Some liberals dislike Kagan because she appears to support strong executive power. Some conservatives, on the other hand, dislike Kagan because she barred military recruiters while serving as Dean of Harvard Law. Recruiters were barred because the military’s ban on gays and lesbians violated the school’s anti-discrimination policy.
Obama Nominates Kagan as Justice | The New York Times