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Elena Kagan is the current, and first female, Solicitor General of the United States. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall. While Ms. Kagan has not herself written extensively on science and technology issues, according to Jeffrey Neuburger (Co-Chair of the Technology, Media and Communications Practice Group at the law firm Proskauer Rose), she is closely associated with Cass Sunstein. Sunstein wrote an early article about freedom of speech and the Internet, in which he thanked Kagan for her input. That association led Neuburger to say, "it may be suggested that she would be open to the views of someone like [Lawrence] Lessig, who frequently is on the side of less aggressive application of intellectual property law, particular as it affects technology."