Senate confirms Elena Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court
After three months of sparring over Elena Kagan’s legal experience and where she falls on the ideological spectrum, the Senate confirmed her as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice on Thursday by a vote of 63-37. All Democrats but one voted for Kagan, while all Republicans but five opposed her. Her confirmation means the Court, for the first time in its history, will have three female members. Kagan, who will be sworn in Saturday, will be the youngest member of the Court, so her influence may be felt for decades.

FROM THE BLOG OF LEGAL TIMES

Roberts will swear in Kagan on Saturday
Elena Kagan,just confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will be sworn in at the Supreme Court on Saturday, the Court has just announced. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will do the honors.

Sessions: Kagan not a ‘real lawyer’
As they debate whether to confirm elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, senators are once again revisiting whether she has enough legal experience to serve as a justice.

Senate starts debate on Kagan nomination
Senators recited a litany of compliments and complaints this morning as they kicked off their debate on whether to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Chamber doesn’t endorse Kagan
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will not take a position on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

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Kagan nomination moves to full Senate
Elena Kagan continued along the path on July 20 to confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, clearing with ease a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kagan didn’t hide true views at hearing
Conventional wisdom holds that Elena Kagan revealed little but a knack for empty platitudes during her U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing. She simply followed a script, commentators said — a script that nominees for two decades have used and that she slammed in a 1995 law review article.But the popular analysis misses a lot that Kagan did tell the nation.

Kagan refuses to say
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning Elena Kagan on Wednesday frequently found themselves in sharp disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court nominee, who continued to resist attempts to define her views.



Kagan faces tough questions from Republicans
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan attempted Tuesday to defuse Republican concerns about her approach to constitutional law and her actions as Harvard Law School dean.

On first day, Kagan emphasizes her neutrality
Elena Kagan sought to position herself Monday as someone who would be a neutral arbiter if confirmed as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, defying hopes from the political left and right that she would outline a clear judicial philosophy during her confirmation hearing.

Leahy on managing the Kagan hearing
The Senate Judiciary chairman discusses his preparation for the hearing, what he plans to ask the U.S. solicitor general and why questions about Kagan’s personal life should be off-limits.


Not-so-great moments of hearings past
In a 1995 law review article, Elena Kagan had a few choice things to say about Supreme Court confirmation hearings. They had become, in her view, a “vapid and hollow charade.” We’ve collected a few low moments from past confirmation hearings, mined from the archives by our Supreme Court reporting team.