The 15-member Standing Committee of the American Bar Association has rated Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan "well-qualified" by a unanimous vote, with one abstention, according to the ABA. It is the association's highest rating for judicial nominees.
The rating may undercut a Republican attack point against Kagan. Since Kagan has never been a judge and has limited courtroom experience, Republicans have sought to portray her as lacking the experience for the nation's highest court.
Kagan, 50, the former dean of Harvard Law School, worked as a lawyer in the Clinton administration and is the sitting solicitor general of the United States, the federal government's top lawyer.
Confirmation hearings for Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court begin on Monday.
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