During her tenure as the first female dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009, Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan was revered as much for hiring controversial conservative faculty and attempting to bar military recruiters from campus as she was for providing students with free coffee and tampons and a beach volleyball court outside the school.
“I had the privilege of leading one of the world’s great law schools and of working there to bring people together and to help ensure that they and the school were making the largest possible contribution to the public good,” the first female solicitor general said. “I am proud of what all of us accomplished there.”
Some will knock the fact that she’s never sat on the bench, but Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall said the coalition building skills Kagan built at Harvard are more important.
“We have a wonderful tradition in the United States of appointments of people coming from all kinds of backgrounds; Chief Justice Earl Warren had never been a judge,” Marshall told Radio Boston. justin a. rice