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Justice describes workings of court at UR

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 5:19pm  ET

By LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has given University of Richmond law school students and faculty a firsthand account of the inner workings of the nation's highest court.

Kagan touched on issues including the role of the justices' clerks, how the court decides cases and her own opinion-writing techniques during an hourlong appearance at the law school Thursday.

Kagan said that while clerks perform important work, they are not "junior varsity justices." She also described how the nine justices meet around a table and take turns expressing their views on a case before voting. And she said she strives in her own opinion-writing to use plain language understandable to a broad audience.

President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to the court in 2010. She previously served as U.S. solicitor general.


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