Elena Kagan

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About Elena Kagan

Fourth female Supreme Court Justice. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace John Paul Stevens.

Early life

She went abroad to study at Oxford, earning a Master of Philosophy in the early 1980s.

Trivia

She was appointed Solicitor General by President Obama one year before he nominated her for the Supreme Court.

Family of Elena Kagan

She grew up as her family’s middle child. Her father was a lawyer, while her mother was a teacher.

Close associates of Elena Kagan

She continued the legacy of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, who was nominated in 1981.

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Alan Page

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About Alan Page

Football Hall of Fame tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He became an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Early life

He worked to build the same football Hall of Fame into which he would later be inducted.

Trivia

He earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School while still playing professional football.

Family of Alan Page

He had four children with Diana Sims.

Close associates of Alan Page

He received the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award in 2004, which was given to individuals who led distinguished lives. Sally Ride received it in 2005.

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Sandra Day O’Connor

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About Sandra Day O’Connor

First woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan, she served from 1981 until 2006.

Early life

She and fellow Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist both attended the Stanford University Law School, where they worked on the Stanford Law Review and briefly dated.

Trivia

She was the first female Majority Leader of the Arizona State Senate.

Family of Sandra Day O’Connor

She married John Jay O’Connor III in December, 1952. The couple had three sons together.

Close associates of Sandra Day O’Connor

In 2009, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Thurgood Marshall

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About Thurgood Marshall

The first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated to the position by President Lyndon B. Johnson and held the office from 1967 until 1991.

Early life

He attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he was a classmate of the famed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

Trivia

He graduated from the Howard University School of Law in 1933.

Family of Thurgood Marshall

His second marriage, to Cecilia Suyat, produced two sons. He had previously been married to Vivien Burey.

Close associates of Thurgood Marshall

Under the administration of President John F. Kennedy, Marshall served as a Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Sonia Sotomayor

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About Sonia Sotomayor

First Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was born in the Bronx.

Early life

She wanted to become a detective like fictional character Nancy Drew.

Trivia

She was the third female Supreme Court justice.

Family of Sonia Sotomayor

Her younger brother Juan Sotomayor became a university professor and physician.

Close associates of Sonia Sotomayor

She was the Supreme Court’s 111th justice, while Thurgood Marshall was its 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate justice of the Supreme Court nominated by Bill Clinton in 1993. She was well-known for her constant advocation of gender equality.

Early life

She worked with the ACLU to advance the treatment of women after she graduated from Columbia Law School.

Trivia

She continued her work for women’s equality on the Supreme Court where she ruled that the Virginia Military Institute, a state-funded school, could not refuse entry to women.

Family of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She had an older sister who passed away as a child. The day before her high school graduation, her mother Celia passed away. She had two children with her husband Martin Ginsburg, a noted tax expert.

Close associates of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She ended her dissenting opinion in the 2000 case deciding whether George W. Bush or Al Gore won the election with “I dissent,” pointedly leaving out the traditional “respectfully.”

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