WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court nominee President Barack
Obama will announce today has a reputation for bringing together
people of competing views and earning their respect.
A source close to the selection process says that was one of the
reasons Obama has settled on Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The
source says Kagan is also known as a legal mind with both a sense
of modesty and sense of humor. And she has worked closely with all
three branches of government.
Kagan would be the first justice with no experience as a judge
since William H. Rehnquist and Lewis F. Powell Jr. joined the court
She has clerked for Thurgood Marshall, worked for Bill Clinton
and was the first female dean of Harvard Law School. She is also
the first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any
When she was confirmed as solicitor general in 2009, only seven
Republicans backed her.