Despite conservative criticism that she has no practical experience as a judge, President Obama nominated current Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Kagan, who taught alongside Obama at the University of Chicago Law School in the early 1990s, will fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens if she is confirmed by the Senate.
Many conservative leaders are criticizing the nomination due to the fact that the bulk of Kagan’s legal experience is as an academic. Although she has been serving as the nation’s solicitor general for more than a year, Kagan has never handed down a sentence in a courtroom, Fox News reports.
"President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is irresponsible," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. "Ms. Kagan is a liberal activist and political operative with no experience as a judge. A Supreme Court nominee ought to have significant practical experience as a lawyer or a judge—especially a nominee for the nation’s highest court."
Despite heavy condemnation from the right, most political pundits agree that it would be too difficult and costly for Republican senators to filibuster the nomination, as seven of them voted to confirm Kagan as solicitor general last year.