WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABCNEWS.COM) -- President Obama has selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If her nomination is approved by the Senate, Kagan would fill the seat left open by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens and become the fourth woman ever to sit on the nation's highest court.
Kagan, 50, is considered one of the finest legal scholars in the country, dazzling both fellow liberal and conservative friends with her intellectual and analytical prowess but also her ability to find consensus among ideological opposites.
"She's a solid, hard working, intelligent, really smart lawyer, who's had an extraordinary amount of experience in the law even though she hasn't been a judge," said Greg Craig, former White House counsel, on "Good Morning America." "Politically, I think she's also as mainstream as they can get."
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