ADL Statement on the Nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

New York, NY, May 10, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a statement in response to the President's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We congratulate Elena Kagan on her nomination to the Supreme Court. She has already served this nation with distinction in a number of capacities, most recently as Solicitor General. The granddaughter of immigrants, she has lived the American Dream, achieving one professional success after another and serving as a role model for many in the process.

We applaud President Obama for having selected this distinguished lawyer. With her background in academia, private practice, and government service, if confirmed, she will undoubtedly bring an important new perspective to the work of the Court. 

Now it is the Senate's turn to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review Ms. Kagan's record and qualifications. As this process moves forward, ADL will share with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee key issues they should explore with Ms. Kagan, as we have done with past nominees.

In considering this nomination, we urge political leaders in both parties to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities in a manner that is thoughtful and reasoned. It is our hope that the process will be civil and respectful, and will cast our American democracy in the best possible light.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th Supreme Court Justice. More >>

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