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Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearings, Day 3

Publication Date: 
June 30, 2010
NPR - The Two Way

Professor Michael McConnell is mentioned on NPR's live blog of the Elena Kagan hearings for his endorsement of Kagan's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lecturers Thomas Goldstein and Amy Howe participated as analysts live blogging the hearings:

As Elena Kagan faces another round of questioning in her Senate confirmation hearings, get up-to-the-minute analysis with help from the Supreme Court experts at SCOTUSblog.

The analysts posting comments in the box below are SCOTUSblog's publisher Tom Goldstein, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; the blog's manager, Erin Miller; and editor Amy Howe, a partner at Howe & Russell.

Goldstein also is a contributing analyst on NPR's nightly one-hour summaries of the day's hearings, which can be heard on and many member stations.

12:12 Amy: Leahy is using more of his time now, to put into record a letter from Michael McConnell, former Tenth Circuit judge from Utah, now at Stanford.

12:13 Tom: Leahy's use of his time -- to interject some letters of support of Kagan occassionally -- is pretty effective.

12:14 Erin: Kagan wrote a letter supporting the nomination of McConnell to the 10th Circuit in 2002.

12:14 Amy: Leahy describes McConnell's writings as "provocative," McConnell is opposed to Roe v. Wade, etc. Leahy supported his confirmation.

McConnell's letter analyzes Kagan's legal philosophy, concludes that she has taken some positions associated with conservatives; demonstrates lack of partisanship, bodes well for service on the Court.

12:15 Amy: McConnell: EK has demonstrated fidelity to legal principle. This is an admirable and essential quality as a judge.

12:15 Amy: Leahy: Just as my conservative colleagues asked us to vote for McConnell, McConnell concluded that Solicitor General Kagan deserves an enthusiastic , rather than grudging, confirmation.