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August 2010

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Swearing-in Ceremony for Kagan


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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., looks on as Associate Justice Elena Kagan signs the Oaths of Office in the Justices’ Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building.

Photo: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., looks on as Associate Justice Elena Kagan signs the Oaths of Office in the Justices’ Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building.

On August 7, 2010, Elena Kagan became the 100th Associate Justice, and the fourth woman to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. The former Solicitor General, first female dean of Harvard Law School, and former law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who has served on the Court for 34 years.

As is the custom, Justice Kagan was administered two oaths: the first, the Constitutional Oath in the Justice’s Conference room, was attended by members of the Kagan family and several Justices; the second, the Judicial Oath, was in the West Conference Room before a small gathering of family and friends.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered both oaths. The formal investiture ceremony will take place in the Supreme Court Courtroom on Friday, October 1, 2010 at a special sitting of the Court.