Men’s basketball team gets a tour with Elena Kagan

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 13:00 in Psychology & Sociology

During winter break, the men’s basketball team got a behind-the-scenes look at both the Supreme Court and the “Highest Court in the Land,” as the fifth-floor basketball court is affectionately called. Associate Justice Elena Kagan, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986, played tour guide for the team. She shared stories about her career; clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall; playing hoops in the highest court’s gym (the concrete floor, which has since been replaced with hard wood, was hard on her knees); and the “cloistered” nature of her work. “It’s an amazing thing our coach does for us in putting people like Justice Kagan in front of us,” said team captain Henry Welsh ’20. “He’s always been interested in developing us as citizens, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn off the court.” The team’s friendship with Kagan was born when she attended the 2019 Martin Luther King Day game, at...

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