After being confirmed by the Senate with a 63-37 vote yesterday, Elena Kagan is taking no time to rest before being sworn in as the country’s 112th Supreme Court justice.
Kagan will take her oath tomorrow to become an associate justice. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath during a private ceremony, and then administer the judicial oath in public. (See pictures of Elena Kagan.)
This will mark the first time three women serve at the same time. Kagan will join Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the fall term, starting in October. She is also the only current justice with no experience as a judge, which was a point of contention during her confirmation process.
Kagan has already recused herself from hearing several Supreme Court cases in which she was involved previously. As Solicitor General, she acted as the chief lawyer for the Obama administration, which included her involvement in several high-profile cases to be heard in the fall term.
But before any cases are heard, she gets to party. Obama invited her to the White House for a celebration today.