Written by Rochelle Krueger, Lecturer/User Services Librarian
On April 9, 2010, Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement after nearly 35 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. President Obama announced the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Stevens on May 10, 2010. This is President Obama’s second nomination to the nation’s highest court, following his selection of Justice Sonia Sotomayor in May 2009. Kagan already holds the distinction of being the first female Solicitor General, as well as the first female dean of Harvard Law School. If she is confirmed, she will also be the fourth woman to serve on the Court.
Calvin T. Ryan Library has many resources regarding Supreme Court appointments. Visit the library’s databases, available from the Articles and E-Resources link. Click on the Law subject link, and select from databases such as LexisNexis Academic or LexisNexis – Law Reviews and Journals to learn more about this most recent nominee (access to some subscription databases require user authentication when accessed from off campus IP addresses). The Law Library of Congress has developed a web presentation on Kagan on its Supreme Court Nominations site: http://www.loc.gov/law/find/kagan.php.
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