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Kagan Debuts as Supreme Court Justice

Elena Kagan will make her debut as a Supreme Court justice on Monday as the high court kicks off its 2010-11 term.

Kagan, who was previously solicitor general in the Justice Department, will recuse herself from at least 24 of the 52 appeals already on the schedule. In her former job, she supervised all pending Supreme Court appeals, so she has withdrawn from cases where she could have a conflict of interest. Kagan’s debut as a justice marks the first time three women will serve on the nine-member court.

The court will begin hearing arguments Tuesday. Issues on the docket this term include immigration reform, violent video games and protests at military funerals. Others that could get added relate to same-sex marriage and health care reform.

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