LULAC Congratulates Elena Kagan On Her Confirmation As The Fourth Woman To Serve On The U.S. Supreme Court

August 5, 2010

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Largest and Oldest Hispanic Organization Applauds Confirmation of Justice Committed to Defending Civil and Human Rights

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens congratulated Elena Kagan today on her bipartisan confirmation as the 112th Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. She will succeed Justice John Paul Stevens. Five Republican Senators (Collins, Snow, Lugar, Graham and Gregg) joined all their Democratic colleagues with the exception of Ben Nelson in voting for confirmation.

“She has been nominated to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, someone who served with integrity and conviction. Her intelligence, qualifications and experience will bring the right temperament to the courts,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.

Solicitor General Kagan’s legal qualifications are unassailable as she has earned her place at the top of the legal profession. As a student, she excelled at Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law School. She clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, a legendary defender of civil rights and she worked for Vice President Joe Biden when he was chair of the Judiciary Committee. These experiences when combined with her work as an advisor to President Clinton gave her a strong legal background in all three branches of our government. In addition, she taught law at two of our Nation’s most respected law schools. Under President Obama, Elena Kagan became the first woman Solicitor General of the United States, often referred to as the “Tenth Justice.”

The LULAC National Board held a meeting earlier in the week and voted to endorse Elena Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With an unparalleled ability to bring together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, she has earned praise across the political spectrum for her fair-mindedness, her insistence that all views deserve a respectful hearing, and her lifelong commitment to public service.

The League of United Latin American Citizens is the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country. LULAC advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 830 LULAC councils nationwide.

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