Supreme Court Nomination
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:30PM
Lew Clarke

Now that President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan as his choice for the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring John Paul Stevens, there is much discussion in the press as to the pro and cons of her lack of judicial experience. Although she has served as Dean of Harvard Law School and US Solicitor General, she has never been a judge. The last justices who had no prior judicial experience were Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist. Picking someone who has never been a judge may be a good move - it will give some perspective to the Court and perhaps a wider view than someone who may be set in prior judicial ways. We will see.
Little known fact: a Supreme Court Justice does not have to be an attorney? I can't think of another court of record where a lay person may sit as judge.

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