Friends, Past Opponents Hint At Kagan's Judicial Style

By Jessica Dye (May 11, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT) -- If Solicitor General Elena Kagan is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, expect the former Harvard Law School dean to bring pointed questions and an open-minded, pragmatic legal philosophy to the bench, according to lawyers who have encountered the nominee in the past.

Kagan, whom President Barack Obama formally nominated Monday to fill the Supreme Court seat that retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens is vacating, has only spent a year in the top post in the solicitor general's office and no time at all on the federal bench.

However, her powerful reputation in the legal community — as a University...

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