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Elena Kagan has never been a Judge?…..Well…. she has company on the Supreme Court….

It turns out that if confirmed she would among a third of the Justice’s that have sat on the court that have also NOT had that experience….

Actually….Technically you DON’T have to be a lawyer to get the job ( ALL 111 have been )……

Media figures have advanced the myth that judicial experience is a pre-requisite for a Supreme Court justice. In fact, two of the last four previous chief justices — William Rehnquist and Earl Warren — had no judicial experience when first nominated to the Court by Republican presidents. Neither did other famous justices, including Felix Frankfurter, Louis Brandeis, and John Marshall, known as the “Great Chief Justice.”

Rehnquist, Warren, Frankfurter, Brandeis, and Marshall are far from alone.  Indeed, according to Findlaw.com’s Supreme Court Center, 40 of the 111 Supreme Court justices had no judicial experience when they were first nominated….

UPDATE: According to Henry J. Abraham’s* book, Justices, Presidents, and Senators: A History of Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Bush II, there were 38 justices with no prior judicial experience.

The list from Findlaw.com:

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May 11, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , ,

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