Today the Obama administration announced its pick to fill Justice Stevens' seat. The pick is relatively non-controversial; Elana Kagan is a legal scholar who has written on only a few conroversial topics. She served as the dean of Harvard Law school, and while she was there she was a consensus builder, bringing faculty from both sides of the political spectrum together. She defended her conservative colleagues. For the past year she has represented the United States as the solicitor general before the Supreme Court. In short, she is an accomplished woman who has had an amazing career. And did I mention she's only 50?
You can hear a few interviews with Elena Kagan here.