Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions released Kagan’s answers to the committee’s questionnaire. Her responses detail a host of facts about the nominee, from her net worth (approximately $1.8 million), to a list of every occasion where she has given a speech, to a list of just about every news article in which she’s been quoted.
And perhaps she was trying to be as thorough as possible, or perhaps she was trying to demonstrate her sense of humor, but she noted the following about an article that contained quotes from her:
“An April Fool’s article in the Harvard Law Record entitled, ‘Administration Cuts Internet in Classrooms’ contains made-up quotes attributed to me. Although I did not give these quotes or provide an interview for this article, I am including it as an attachment.”
DC Dicta did notice one omission in the long list of articles in which she was quoted. In 2003 Kagan was interviewed by Lawyers USA‘s own Correy Stephenson for an article in our sister publication Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (sub. req’d). In that piece, written soon after Kagan took the helm at Harvard Law School, Kagan spoke of how her experience working in the White House might help her as dean:
“In government, one of the things I had to do was manage people,” Kagan told Stephenson, “and certainly one of the tasks of a dean is management. I also learned some political skills, and certainly deans who have good political skills have an advantage over deans who don’t.”
Perhaps the same can be said of Supreme Court justices.
Leahy said yesterday that the White House has already asked the Clinton Library to speed up the process of producing documents from Kagan’s time in the Clinton White House as associate counsel and as a domestic policy adviser. “These materials, along with the record we compiled last year in connection with her nomination to be Solicitor General of the United States, put us well down the road toward our preparation for her confirmation hearing,” Leahy said.
Leahy also said he will set the date of Kagan’s confirmation hearings soon.