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Keynote Session

KEYNOTE - Journey to the Supreme Court: A conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Moderated by Judge Ann C. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Friday, October 28, 2016

Justice Elena Kagan joined us to share her public service experiences leading up to her becoming the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Justice Kagan was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960. She received an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School. She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States. A year later, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August 7, 2010.

Please note: This event was not open to the public. Only those registered for the 2016 Conference & Career Fair were eligible to attend.