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Kagan sworn in as third sitting Jewish Supreme Court judge

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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