Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112 justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Kagan is a former Harvard Law School dean and a solicitor general.
She has been called a political liberal by members of the Republican Party. Kagan won’t be formally installed as a justice until the new term of the court this fall. She can however begin her duties now by reviewing cases and emergency appeals that have been filed to the Supreme Court.
Kagan joins Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the nine-member court, which is often, divided 5-4 on high-profile cases such as gun rights, discrimination and campaign finance.
The pundits and prognosticators do not expect Kagan to change the ideological balance of the court, where Justice Stevens was considered a leader of the liberals.
What do you think she adds to the Supreme Court? Where do you see the court headed? What do you think we can expect from this Obama appointment?