Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide

This guide explains the nomination process and suggests resources for further research into the nominations of more recently confirmed Supreme Court Justices.

Nomination of Elena Kagan to Replace Associate Justice John Paul Stevens (Confirmed)

On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated current Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the seat previously held by Justice Stevens. The Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearings the week of June 28. On Thursday, August 5, the Senate confirmed Solicitor General Kagan by a vote of 63-37, and she was sworn in on Saturday, August 7.

Solicitor General Confirmation

Publications of Judge Kagan

Book Chapters and Reports


Speeches by Judge Kagan

  • Kagan on Cameras in the Courtroom at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (7/23/2009), via YouTube
  • Women and the Supreme Court (First Amendment Center 1/28/2010)
  • Kagan accepting Dean of the Year Award from Equal Justice Works (11/4/2008) via YouTube

Kagan's Other Works

Kagan argued in front of the court six times during the 2009 term. Oral argument transcripts are available from the Law Library of Congress. Briefs filed by the Solicitor General's office from these six cases are available below. See our Supreme Court Research Guide for where to locate other briefs.

The following materials relate to Kagan's tenure as dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009.

From 1995 to 1999, Kagan served as Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton. The following material relate to her time in this position.