Kagan says first year was ‘trial and error’

Kagan says first year was ‘trial and error’
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says her first year on the court was tough.

Kagan made her remarks during a visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday. She held a conversation with UW Law School Dean Margaret Raymond in front of an audience of scores of people that she had never been a judge before she became a justice.

She said the first year on the court was trial and error and it took her months to learn the mechanics of the job. She joked that there’s no school for justices.

She also spoke about how she went to law school because she couldn’t think of anything better to do.

Once she was there she learned that being a lawyer marries an opportunity to help people with intellectual challenges.

Then-President Barack Obama appointed Kagan to the court in 2010.