Saturday, June 12, 2010

Elena Kagan's Documents

Senate confirmation hearings for former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court nominee, are scheduled to begin June 28. While the media has featured and critiqued a small number of the documents released this month from Kagan's time working in the Clinton administration and as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the best way to discover and assess the nominee as attorney and thinker is to read some of her writings for yourself.

A clear explanation of the Kagan documents released so far from her Clinton years--with links to pages of topical documents in full text--is at the National Archives web site. In addition, CBS News has posted five of Kagan's law clerk memos, culled from the Thurgood Marshall papers at the Library of Congress. For her background and qualifications, check out Kagan's Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire here.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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