Elena Kagan was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 10, 2010, to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. She was confirmed by the Senate in August 2010, making her the Court's fourth female justice.
"Elena Kagan is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost legal minds," the president said in announcing her nomination.
Kagan was formerly dean of Harvard Law School (and the law school's first female dean), and she served as Associate White House Counsel under President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999. She was born in New York City in 1960, the second of three children. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at Princeton University in 1981; a Master's of Philosophy at Worcester College at Oxford University in 1983; and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986. She was also previously a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. Kagan is reportedly unmarried and has no children. To learn more about Kagan, see the resources below.