Elena Kagan has had a fascinating career. Elena Kagan is a Supreme Court justice who President Obama appointed in August of 2010. According to the Supreme Court of the United States, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton, a Master’s from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. During her career, Kagan clerked under Judge Mikva with the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. She then went on to clerk for Judge Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan then became a law professor at the University of Chicago. She also taught law at Harvard for a few years. Kagan then went on to work as part of the Clinton administration for four years. During this time, she worked as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Once she was done working for the Clintons, Kagan became the Dean of Harvard Law School. She did this for six years and stopped when President Obama nominated her for the United States’ Solicitor General. Soon after working under President Obama, Kagan was appointed by the President as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in May of 2010. Kagan first took her seat in the court on August 7, 2010.
At the time she was on the court, Kagan was the youngest justice. She brought a different perspective, and many see her as the justice most in touch with pop culture. Kagan also differed from the other judges on the court because she had no prior judging experience. An article named “Elena Kagan” by Oyez states that “[s]he was forced to recuse herself frequently in her early years on the court, as a result of having worked as President Clinton’s counsel.” Because of her previous involvement with the Clinton administration, Kagan had a conflict of interest in a few cases and had to sit out. Kagan was part of two historical cases. One was Obergefell v. Hodges, where Kagan was part of the historic decision to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right. This case went against Kagan’s personal views that same-sex marriage wasn’t a federal right. This was a case that demonstrated why Kagan was called the judge most involved with pop culture. Another case that showed Kagan’s interest in pop culture was King v. Burwell. The outcome of the case was that the Affordable Care Act was named constitutional. Kagan showed her modern views in this case when she voted to make the act constitutional.
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