Native Upper West Sider Nominated to Supreme Court

by - May 10, 2010 at 9:26 am -

Elena_Kagan_2Elena Kagan, who was nominated on Monday to fill Justice John Paul Stevens’ seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up on 75th Street and West End Avenue. Kagan’s Upper West Side upbringing could become an issue in her confirmation hearings — or rather, the popular stereotype about the Upper West Side as a haven for cheese-eating Socialists could become an issue.

Kagan’s family was involved in local politics — her father Robert Kagan was the president of Community Board 7 and the chairman of the United Parents Association, an advocacy group for parents, the New York Times reported in a profile of Kagan. She was ambitious and combative at an early age, the Times says, even challenging her conservative Rabbi about her Bat Mitzvah. She went to Hunter College High School, which was then an all-girls school on the Upper East Side, and talked there about wanting to become a Supreme Court Justice one day.

Kagan went on to Princeton and Harvard Law School. She got involved in New York politics when she was at Princeton, campaigning for Democrat Liz Holtzman against Republican Alfonse D’Amato, who eventually won. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Suprme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

In profiles of Kagan, however, it’s apparent that she’s spent much of her career reaching out to conservatives, particularly when she was Dean of Harvard Law School. She even held a dinner to honor Antonin Scalia.

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  1. Rob says...

    “he popular stereotype about the Upper West Side as a haven for cheese-eating Socialists”

    I have seen Republicans eating cheese

  2. Mike says...

    Another left wing socialist on the court…wonderful

  3. charles McNally says...

    Where did Kagan go to elementary school