As part of the White House’s ongoing effort to build support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a Harvard Law School assistant dean and graduates holding public interest jobs briefed the media Tuesday on Kagan’s expansion of public service opportunities when she was dean. But it was a former Harvard Federalist Society president, now a Republican political consultant, who captured most of the spotlight.

Sarah Isgur, a 2008 graduate of the law school, had high praise for Kagan’s assistance in “helping me get the Federalist Society to the level I felt was needed.” According to Isgur, Kagan encouraged the conservative student group to give an award that would bring conservative leaders to campus so students could interact with them and build relationships. She also helped the society bring speakers to campus.