Monday, November 12, 2018
Justice Kagan receives her honorary U of T Doctor of Laws

From left: Prof. Albert Yoon, Justice Elena Kagan, Chancellor Rose Patten and President Meric Gertler. Photo: Lisa Sakulensky

By Romi Levine

The University of Toronto hosted a special convocation Monday, November 12th to recognize The Hon. Elena Kagan, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kagan received an honorary degree to acknowledge “her excellence in the academy and her outstanding service for the public good, as lawyer, scholar and jurist.”

As part of the ceremony, Kagan participated in a conversation with Yasmin Dawood, an associate professor in U of T’s Faculty of Law and department of political science, as well as the Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Electoral Law.

Justice Abella and Justice Kagan in conversation at the Faculty of LawAlumna and Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella with SCOTUS Justice Elena Kagan in conversation in the Moot Court Room, Faculty of Law. Photo: Lisa Lightbourn

Later in the afternoon, Kagan spoke at U of T’s Faculty of Law with The Hon. Rosalie Abella, a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada – giving law students a unique opportunity to hear from a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice. 

Or watch "A Conversation between Justices Elena Kagan and Rosalie Silberman Abella" below.