President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.


Born: April 28, 1960 (1960-04-28)(age 50) in New York City


Education: Princeton University, Worcester College, Oxford, Harvard Law School


Current job: 45th U.S. solicitor general. Obama nominated her for this position as well, and she assumed office on March 19, 2009.


Career highlights: Law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; associate at Williams & Connolly law firm; professor at the University of Chicago Law School; associate White House counsel, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council under President Bill Clinton; dean of Harvard law school.


Fun facts: If Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she would be the fourth female justice in U.S. history and the eighth Jewish justice.