Elena Kagan Becomes Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Law School

Kagan became an assistant professor at the U of C Law School in 1991, and rose to become a tenured professor four years later.

She remained on the faculty until 1997.

Her time at the U of C overlapped with President Obama's. The president was a constitutional law lecturer at the U of C from 1992 until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Kagan joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School as an assistant professor in 1991 and became a tenured professor of law in 1995. While at Chicago, she published "Regulation of Hate Speech and Pornography After R.A.V.," a law review article on the regulation of First Amendment hate speech in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul; "Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine," an article discussing the significance of governmental motive in regulating speech; and, "Confirmation Messes, Old and New," a review of a book by Stephen L. Carter discussing the judicial confirmation process.
According to her colleagues, Kagan's students raved about and admired Kagan from the beginning, and she was granted tenure "despite the reservations of some colleagues who thought she had not published enough."

In 1991, Kagan joined the law faculty of the University of Chicago. She principally taught administrative and constitutional law. During this period, she met Barack Obama, who was also teaching at the law school.