Father: Robert Kagan, attorney
Mother: Gloria (Gittelman) Kagan, teacher
Education: Princeton University, A.B., 1981, graduated summa cum laude; Worcester College, Oxford University, M. Phil., 1983; Harvard University, J.D., 1986, graduated magna cum laude
Was editor of the Harvard Law Review and first female dean of Harvard University Law School.
Nicknamed “Shorty” by Thurgood Marshall. He was 6′ 2″; she is 5′ 3″.
1986-1987 – Law clerk for Judge Abner Mikva, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
1988 – Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
1989-1991 – Associate with the DC law firm Williams & Connolly.
1991-1995 – University of Chicago Law School professor.
1997-1999 – Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for domestic policy. Kagan is also deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council.
1999 – Clinton nominates Kagan to the US Court of Appeals. Hearings are never scheduled, and the nomination lapses.
1999-2003 – Harvard Law School professor.
April 3, 2003-March 20, 2009 – Dean of Harvard University Law School.
March 19, 2009 – Confirmed by the US Senate 61-31 to become the first woman to serve as US solicitor general, despite opposition by over 75% of Republican senators.
June 28, 2010 – Kagan’s Senate confirmation hearings begin.
July 20, 2010 – The Senate Judiciary Committee votes 13-6 to send her nomination to the full Senate for consideration.
August 5, 2010 – The Senate confirms Kagan as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court.
January 23, 2012 – The Supreme Court denies a request from Freedom Watch, a political advocacy group, that Kagan should recuse herself from the upcoming appeals over the constitutionality of health care reform. Kagan served as the Obama administration’s top government lawyer handling appeals to the Supreme Court when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed.