Friday, March 20, 2009

Kagan '81 confirmed as country's top lawyer

The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan '81 as the nation's first female solicitor general this afternoon by a vote of 61-31. President Obama first nominated the Wilson School concentrator back in January.

Dean of Harvard Law School since 2003, Kagan will now serve as the country's top lawyer, arguing the government's side in cases that come before the Supreme Court. Some observers speculate that Obama may appoint Kagan to the court as seats become vacant during his term.

Sam Alito '72 is currently the only Princetonian with a seat on the nation's highest bench.