President Barack Obama has chosen US Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next US Supreme Court justice, MSNBC TV reported.If confirmed by the US Senate, Kagan will replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.Stevens, 90, announced his decision to retire in April.
Simon Lazarus is public policy counsel to the National Senior Citizens Law Center and a frequent commentator on the Supreme Court and the intersection of the law and economic and labor issues. I called him today to ask about what the next justice will need to do, and be prepared for, when they arrive at the court. A lightly edited transcript of our interview follows.
EK: Do you know Elena Kagan personally?
SL: No, I don't.
EK: By reputation?
Members of the Senate judiciary committee have plenty of ground to cover at this week's confirmation hearing of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan. But when it comes to what big business should expect from President Obama's pick to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the talking heads are united in their uncertainty: Who really knows what she'll do? She's a wild card.
President Barack Obama will Monday nominate solicitor general Elena Kagan, who has close ties to Democratic powerbrokers, for the Supreme Court, reports said.Kagan, 50, who argues the government's case before the court in her current job, would replace retiring John Paul Stevens, 90, the court's leading liberal, if she is confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.