Kagan picked by Obama for Supreme Court: former U of Chicago Law School professor

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WASHINGTON–Solicitor General Elena Kagan is President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the selection told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday night. The president will announce the appointment on Monday.

Kagan has two significant Chicago connections:

*She joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, becoming a tenured professor in 1995. Her time at the U of C overlaps with Obama teaching at the law school.

*She is a former clerk for Chicago’s Abner Mikva when he sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Kagan worked for Mikva from 1986 to 1987. Mikva, also a former Clinton White House counsel–and a former congressman–was an early support of Obama when he was starting his political career.

Obama interviewed Chicagoan Diane Wood, a federal appellate justice for the spot as well as the Lincolnwood raised Merrick Garland, who sits on a D.C. appellate court.

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