10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elena Kagan
The lowdown on the woman who’s headed for the Supreme Court.
Although Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nomination for the 112th Supreme Court Justice, is a powerhouse in legal circles (she served as Dean of Harvard Law School, after all) most of us know very little about her beyond the biographical sketches we’ve seen in the media. Here are some facts about Kagan that are going to be news to you:
1. From her teens, she had one goal in mind. Natalie Bowden, a classmate of Kagan’s at the prestigious Hunter College High School in Manhattan, said the young Elena’s ambition was to be a Supreme Court Justice (By the way another well-known graduate of the school is actress Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City.)
2. She has a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University.
3. Her social circle at Princeton University, where she got a history degree summa cum laude, included former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. While in office, Spitzer, who resigned following a sex scandal, appointed Kagan to a commission on higher education.
4. She’s worked for the Vice President, Joe Biden, as a special counsel when he was a senator.