American legal scholars are responding to President Obama’s naming solicitor general Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.
At UCLA, professor Eugene Volokh researches constitutional law and watches the Supreme Court. He says Kagan has demonstrated that she's well qualified for the job during her relatively short academic career.
"One of her articles on administrative law has been extremely influential, it's been cited over 300 times in law journal articles, which is an extraordinarily high number of citations for any article, but especially one that's less than 10 years old," Volokh says.
Kagan and Volokh have both studied law related to the freedom of speech. Volokh says Kagan’s conducted well-reasoned scholarly work on the First Amendment.