WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama will announce today has a reputation for bringing together people of competing views and earning their respect.
A source close to the selection process says that was one of the reasons Obama has settled on Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The source says Kagan is also known as a legal mind with both a sense of modesty and sense of humor. And she has worked closely with all three branches of government.
Kagan would be the first justice with no experience as a judge since William H. Rehnquist and Lewis F. Powell Jr. joined the court in 1972.
She has clerked for Thurgood Marshall, worked for Bill Clinton and was the first female dean of Harvard Law School. She is also the first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any administration.
When she was confirmed as solicitor general in 2009, only seven Republicans backed her.