Friday, 19 October, 2012
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to present the annual Rose Lecture. The program format will be a conversation between Justice Kagan the College of Law Dean Doug Blaze. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit written questions during the event, which law students will ask Justice Kagan during a concluding question and answer session. The event, sponsored by the College of Law, is open to law students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state and local judiciary, university administrators and other members of the campus community.
Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, 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. After serving in that role for a year, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August 7, 2010.