112th Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to Be Sworn in today


It's swearing in time for Elena Kagan; well, it will be at 2:00 pm Eastern time:

Elena Kagan will be sworn in on Saturday as the 112th person and the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, continuing a generational and demographic transformation of the nation’s highest bench.

In keeping with tradition, Ms. Kagan will first take the constitutional oath, which is given to a wide array of officials, and then the judicial oath, which is administered to those wearing the robe. Joined by family and friends in the Supreme Court building, she will swear to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”

President Obama will not be attending.

In the first part of Saturday’s ceremony, to take place in the justices’ conference room, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the constitutional oath for federal employees, who swear to “support and defend the Constitution.” Then they will move into the larger West Conference Room, where Chief Justice Roberts will administer the judicial oath.

Let's hope that she surprises us by not veering to the right of Justice Stevens, just as he surprised everyone by seeming to veer to the left... or as he put it, the court moved right:

He has been considered part of the liberal bloc of the Court since the mid-1980s and he has been dubbed the "Chief Justice of the Liberal Supreme Court",[21][22] though he publicly called himself a judicial conservative in 2007.

Fingers crossed.

  • Clancy: Bingo.

  • Clancy

    We should take Stevens at his word, he's no liberal. Thankfully, with Stevens now off the bench, we won't be subject to the musing of those with little sense of history or political philosophy informing us that he was a liberal. Just because the guy didn't seem to be too fond of movement conservatism or its most recent manifestation in the George W. Bush version of the GOP does not mean he's a liberal. The personality-driven, either/or b.s. that passes for political ideology these days really should never have placed him on the liberal pedestal. Even the most pedestrian of reviews of his record would show that he was quite conservative.

    I seriously doubt that Kagan is a true liberal as well, but at least her record will get a fairer assessment than Stevens' has of late.