Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She took her seat on August 7, 2010. Between 1981 and 1986, she received an A.B. from Princeton, an M. Phil. from Oxford and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. From 1986 to 1987, she clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 term.
She briefly practiced law at a Washington, D.C law firm before becoming a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School. She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.
Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States. After serving in that role for a year, the president nominated her as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 10, 2010.