Former HLS Dean Elena Kagan confirmed to the Supreme Court!

Today, former Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan became the fourth woman ever confirmed to the Supreme Court (Sandra Day O’Connor, a Reagan nominee, was the first, followed by Ruth Bader Ginsberg – a Clinton nominee – and Sonya Sotomayor, also appointed by Obama). Two-thirds of the Supreme Court Justices are now Harvard Law graduates (with the exceptions of Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Sonya Sotomayor, who all went to that other school in New Haven).

Photo from the New York Times

Kagan was confirmed by a 63 to 37 Senate vote, with 1 Democrat voting against her and 5 Republicans and two Independents voting in favor. A full breakdown of the vote can be found here.

Congratulations, Elena!