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May 11, 2010

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Is Subject of New Web Presentation

On May 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The announcement came one month after the news that Justice John Paul Stevens would retire after nearly 35 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.

To serve congressional and public requests for resources pertaining to this historic nomination, the Law Library of Congress has developed a web presentation on Kagan on its Supreme Court Nominations site at www.loc.gov/law/find/court-nominations.php.

The site includes links to articles and books by the nominee, congressional documents, Supreme Court oral arguments and web resources. From mainstream media to new media such as blogs (and law blogs, or "blawgs"), the site offers information about Kagan as well as Supreme Court nomination hearings dating to 1971. Featured nominees include confirmed Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel A. Alito and John G. Roberts; another featured nominee is Harriet E. Miers, whose nomination was withdrawn on Oct. 27, 2005.

The Library of Congress contains the nation’s largest corpus of the papers of chief justices and associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court (39 in all). Among the chief justices, the division holds the papers of Oliver Ellsworth, John Marshall, Roger Taney, Salmon Chase, Morrison R. Waite, Melville W. Fuller, William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan Fiske Stone and Earl Warren. The Library’s collection of papers of associate justices under Chief Justice Warren (1953-1969) include Hugo L. Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Harold H. Burton, Robert H. Jackson, William J. Brennan, Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall and Arthur J. Goldberg. In 2004, the Library opened to the public the papers of Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun—who served 1970-1994—and mounted an online presentation of selected items (www.loc.gov/rr/mss/blackmun/).

In these personal papers may be found private documents that reveal the hidden process of judicial decision-making. Because the high court carefully guards its privacy, some of this information may be found nowhere else in the world.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

Founded in 1832, the mission of the Law Library of Congress is to make its resources available to members of Congress, the Supreme Court, other branches of the U.S. government and the global legal community, and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of law for future generations. With more than 2.6 million volumes, the Law Library contains the world’s largest collection of law books and other resources from all countries and provides online databases and guides to legal information worldwide through its website at www.loc.gov/law/.

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PR 10-113
05/11/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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