Kagan sworn in as third sitting Jewish Supreme Court judge

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
August 7, 2010 23:53

Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Kagan is also the third sitting justice who is Jewish, a historic first.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Kagan in a brief private ceremony at the court. Kagan, joined by family and friends, pledged to faithfully and impartially uphold the law.

Afterward, she smiled broadly as a crowd of onlookers stood and applauded. "We look forward to serving with you," Roberts said.

Kagan, a former Harvard Law School dean who most recently was solicitor general, was President Barack Obama's choice to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Republicans criticized her as a political liberal before the Senate confirmed her this past week on a vote of 63-37.


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