Solicitor General Elena Kagan, named today as President Obama's second pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, would bring an impressive resume in public service and academia to the job, including as former dean of the Harvard Law School. Her consensus-building skills reportedly are considerable, putting her in prime position to influence the court's current swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Her confirmation also would be historic, giving the court a third female justice just a year after it had only one. Some critics already see her lack of judicial experience as potentially insurmountable, while others view it as just the kind of fresh perspective the court needs. Because of her current post, she would have to recuse herself from perhaps a dozen or more matters. She also would leave the court with no Protestants (she is Jewish, as are two current justices; six are Catholic), and continue the predominance of the Harvard and Yale law schools. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, one of the seven Republican senators who voted for Kagan’s confirmation last March as solicitor general, already has signaled that doesn't guarantee he'll view her as suitable for the Supreme Court. In any case, he and other senators — including Kansas Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, who voted against her last year — should reserve judgment at least until her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Hear her out, then decide.