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Potential Justices: Elena Kagan

Dean, Harvard Law School

Age: 48


Details: She has won glowing praise from conservatives and liberals alike for her personal skills, judgment and legal acumen as dean since 2003. She clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, practiced at a Washington law firm, taught law at the University of Chicago (as did Obama) and worked in the Clinton White House. Because Republicans stalled her 1999 nomination to a federal appeals court, she lacks judicial experience. So do some other prospects.

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This article appears in the July 26, 2008 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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