Elena Kagan had never made an appellate argument before becoming solicitor general but was confident and comfortable at the podium from day one. But the six oral arguments in which she participated during her rookie year as SG were not free of missteps, at times annoying Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and leaving other justices unsatisfied. The episodes will likely fade if she is confirmed, but her mixed report card as an advocate might not help her defense against charges of inexperience raised by Republicans.
Kagan's Rookie Missteps Could Fuel Claims of Inexperience
The National Law Journal
May 17, 2010