10 Factors That Could Shape Kagan's Supreme Court Decisions

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1. No Judge Experience

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Unlike the current Supreme Court Justices, Kagan has no previous judicial experience. Historically, this is not unusual. Past judges include U.S. senators, state legislators, attorney generals, practicing lawyers, and even a past president, William Howard Taft. "It is hard to predict what it is about someone's background that will be important to them and how it will play out," says Pamela Harris, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown Law School. "So the best way to get a meld of different views on the court is to have a diversity of different backgrounds, different life experiences."

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