Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Backs Elena Kagan Nomination

May 27, 2010


The first woman ever to sit on the nation’s highest court has gotten behind Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, but warned her of the “dreadful, unpleasant” nomination process.

Retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor, now focused on a new web-based initiative to teach civics to students, said she believes Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, will likely be confirmed.

“She seems to be very well qualified academically,” O’Connor, 80, told “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos today.

But she stopped short of offering any words of wisdom to President Obama’s nominee.

“She doesn’t need advice,” O’Connor said. “But just, she’ll have to go through the process of the Senate Judiciary Committeehearings. And I don’t care who you are, it’s a difficult, unpleasant experience for the nominee. It’s just something you have to go through.”

Now four years removed from her time on the bench, O’Connor has been working fervently on her newest passion: iCivics, a free, web-based education project designed to teach middle school students. It also offers teachers comprehensive teaching materials.

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