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University of Minnesota law experts available to discuss U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee

Law experts predict that Elena Kagan will be confirmed

May 10, 2010

President Obama has picked U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his choice for the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Law experts who can discuss this nomination are:

David Stras, University of Minnesota Law School Professor

Stras teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts and jurisdiction, constitutional law, criminal law, law and politics, and law and economics. His current research focuses on the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Stras can provide an historical perspective on this nomination as well as highlight some of the risks and benefits of this pick.

“Overall, I think it is a fine pick and I predict that she will be confirmed with anywhere from 62-67 votes in the U.S. Senate.”

He can also discuss what will be the most contentious issues at her confirmation hearing.

Dale Carpenter, University of Minnesota Law School professor

Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, sexual orientation and the law, and commercial law.

Carpenter says Kagan is smart, moderately liberal and politically savvy.

“As best we can tell, she combines an expansive, but mainstream view of Executive Power to protect national security and an expansive, but mainstream view of individual rights. Many people will find this combination an attractive one for a democracy waging a long-term struggle against terrorism. Barring something unforeseen, she seems very confirmable,” he says.

To interview Stras or Carpenter, contact Patty Mattern, University News Service, or (612) 624-2801 or Cynthia Huff, Law School, at or (612) 625-6691.

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