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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT003828" title="Patrick Leahy" href="/topic/politics/government/patrick-leahy-PEPLT003828.topic">Patrick Leahy</a> (D-VT) watches from his office as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a> introduces his Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, on Capitol Hill in Washington. If confirmed by the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a>, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice to join the high court without prior judicial experience since William Rehnquist in 1972. Kagan was selected by Obama to replace retiring Justice <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002037" title="John Paul Stevens" href="/topic/politics/john-paul-stevens-PECLB002037.topic">John Paul Stevens</a>.
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( Brendan Smialowski, Getty Images / May 10, 2010 )

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) watches from his office as President Barack Obama introduces his Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, on Capitol Hill in Washington. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the former Harvard Law School dean would be the first justice to join the high court without prior judicial experience since William Rehnquist in 1972. Kagan was selected by Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

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