Correction to This Graphic
This graphic on jobs held by Supreme Court justices before they were appointed to the court incorrectly indicated that the first court was made up of nine justices. The original court had six justices.
The job before justice
All of the current justices on the Supreme Court came directly from federal appeals courts. Elena Kagan is the third U.S. solicitor general to be nominated while serving in the job. Besides Kagan, five who have served at one time in the post have been nominated, and all but one - Robert H. Bork - were confirmed.
SOURCE: Lee Epstein, et al., Supreme Court Compendium | Karen Yourish and Todd Lindeman/The Washington Post - May 11, 2010
Senators query Supreme Court nominee Kagan Article | Senate Republicans pressed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan Wednesday on her lack of judicial experience and her support for a policy that once banned military recruiters from some college campuses in her first appearance on Capitol Hill since her nomination earlier this week.