Now that Justice Elena Kagan has joined the U.S. Supreme Court, might the new theme song at One First St., NE be “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys?
Could be, since a majority of the justices on the high court can call themselves natives of New York State.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y. Although he moved with his family to Indiana when he was in grade school, he remains a Buffalo Bills fan.
Four other justices have strong ties to New York City. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born and raised in Brooklyn. Justice Antonin Scalia was born in Trenton, N.J., but he grew up in Queens. Justice Sonia Sotomayor hails from the Bronx, and is a avid Yankees fan.
Despite residing for some time in Massachusetts at the helm of Harvard Law School – at her confirmation hearings she was introduced by Massachusetts Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown – Kagan hails form Manhattan and roots for the Mets.
To play on Jay and Alicia’s lyric: “The Supreme Court – marble palace where dreams are made of; There’s nothing you can’t do.”
In other news:
Important questions: Will Justice Kagan wear a frilly little neck piece with her robe? This and other pressing questions, answered! (Slate)
Busy schedule: In addition to having active Supreme Court practices and litigating the Proposition 8 case up the appellate system, Ted Olson and David Boies will also co-chair a new ABA Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System. (ABA Journal)
Roberts v. Kagan? Will we see an ongoing Supreme Court battle between Kagan and Roberts? (WSJ’s Law Blog)