Supreme Court Nominations

ABA Rates Kagan 'Well Qualified'

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The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has unanimously given U.S. Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a rating of “well qualified.” There was one abstention.

The rating follows an extensive and confidential peer review process that offers the U.S. Senate a unique opportunity to hear what lawyers and judges who have worked with Kagan think of her, ABA President Carolyn Lamm explained in a statement last month after Kagan’s nomination by President Barack Obama for a seat on the nation’s top court.

Kagan has been endorsed by former U.S. Solicitors General and a number of well-known law school deans, with a few exceptions, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

However, criticism is surging as as her confirmation hearing looms, the New York Times reports.

Recently weighing in against her is former U.S Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork, who famously suffered a blistering attack during his own unsuccessful effort to persuade the Senate to put him on the U.S. Supreme Court decades ago.

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