US Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan was born in New York City in 1960. She received an AB from Princeton in 1981, a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford in 1983, and a JD from Harvard Law in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After briefly practicing law at the Washington, DC law firm of Williams & Connolly, she became a law professor, first at University of Chicago Law and later at Harvard Law. She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States. A year later, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She took her seat in August of 2010.