Elena Kagan Sworn in as Fourth Female Supreme Ct. Justice

August 7, 2010

(ChattahBox)— You can now refer to Elena Kagan, as the former Solicitor General for the United States. As of today, Kagan is the 112th justice of our nation’s highest court and only the fourth woman. She will join Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to make history as the first time three female justices have served on the Supreme Court together.

Kagan’s confirmation was just approved in the senate Thursday, with a vote of 63-37. Only five Republicans voted for her confirmation, with one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (NE), voting no.

Kagan’s Saturday afternoon swearing in ceremony was attended by a small group of friends and family. President Obama held a celebration for Kagan’s successful nomination on Friday.

She was administered the two separate oaths by Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

The New York Times sets the scene:

“Mr. Obama did not attend Saturday’s ceremony but at Friday’s event said the addition of a third woman would make the court “a little more inclusive, a little more representative.” He added, “It is yet another example of how our union has become more, not less, perfect over time — more open, more fair, more free.” […]

“Saturday’s ceremony consisted of two parts. First, in the justices’ conference room, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the constitutional oath to federal employees, who swore to “support and defend the Constitution.” Then they moved into the larger West Conference Room, where Chief Justice Roberts administered the judicial oath.”

Photo Source: White House Flickr


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