United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was in Louisville Monday to accept the Brandies Medal, awarded by the University of Louisville.
It’s named in honor of Louisville native, Justice Louis Brandeis, who began serving on the high court a century ago.
Kagan says she’s long admired Brandeis, especially the prescience of his judicial opinions.
“He really had a sense of like, what was coming down the pike,” she said. “Sometimes decades away. The best example of this is his dissent in ‘Olmstead,’ where he basically, there he is in like 1920 or something, and he’s foreseeing the surveillance state that we’re now thinking about.”
Kagan was also interviewed by two U of L law school professors, but did not discuss any specific cases from her tenure on the court.