Elena Kagan’s brief record as solicitor general is likely to attract much more attention soon, if she remains the seeming frontrunner on the changeable list of potential nominees to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens.

Kagan’s decisions as SG prompt criticism
At the end of a week that saw a crop of new names floated as possible replacements for Justice John Paul Stevens, Solicitor General Elena Kagan remains at or near the top of the list. But that favored position has also made her an easy target, especially for liberals who warn she is too conservative to follow in Stevens’ progressive footsteps.

Profiles of 12 lawyers on the short list

Merrick Garland
• Jennifer Granholm
Elena Kagan
Harold Koh
• Martha Minow
Carlos Moreno
Janet Napolitano
Leah Ward Sears
Sidney Thomas
Elizabeth Warren
Ann Williams
Diane Wood

The top Supreme Court contenders at a glance