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Elena Kagan Takes Her Place On High Court Bench

WASHINGTON — Justice Elena Kagan took her seat at the Supreme Court for the first time Friday in front of a packed courtroom that included President Barack Obama.

The court session was merely ceremonial. Kagan and the rest of the court will return Monday for the start of the new term.

In August, the 50-year-old New Yorker became the third woman on the current court, and its fourth ever. She replaced Justice John Paul Stevens.

Kagan took the oath again Friday in a ceremony by which the court formally welcomes its newest member. She wore a black robe she received as a gift from her former colleagues at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, where she served as dean, and a white scarf.

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