Elena Kagan's Completed Questionnaire, Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 07:54 AM

It turns out Supreme Court nominees have to fill out job applications just like everyone else. OK, not quite like everyone else. Take a look at Elena Kagan's completed questionnaire from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which this summer will hold hearings to test her nomination to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: The Senate will begin its Judiciary Committee Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearings on June 28.

Supreme Court nominations have become exhaustive treasure hunts of the nominees' backgrounds, and you can think of the questionnaire as the first clues. The committee wants everything... from legal briefs of the Solicitor General (the post she now holds) to Harvard Law School's Public Service Job Guide (in attachment 12i).

Kagan even takes pains to point out, on page 10, that the Harvard Law Record published "April Fool's Day columns" under Kagan's name "although I had no involvement in writing them."

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