U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard Law School dean, was nominated by President Obama to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court. BU Law Professor Jack Beermann, an authority on the high court who knows the nominee well, says he see it as a strong plus that Kagan is not a sitting judge and that the idea that she lacks experience is completely off base.
“Her service in the Clinton and Obama administrations, her judicial clerkships with Thurgood Marshall and Abner Mikva, her years practicing law, and her academic background — including her great success as the dean of the Harvard Law School — make her just as well-prepared for the Supreme Court as someone who has had some years as a Court of Appeals judge.”
Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577, firstname.lastname@example.org