Elena Kagan says she and her fellow Supreme Court justices aren’t the most tech savvy group of people and still communicate with each other the same way they did when she was a clerk in 1987: with paper memos.
In an appearance in Providence on Tuesday, Kagan acknowledged the justices have a ways to go to understand technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and even email.
“It’s a challenge for us,” Kagan said, while also noting that she herself uses email, goes online and reads blogs.
When asked whether the justices email each other, Kagan said things are the same as when she clerked for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall three decades ago. She says justices write memos, which are then printed out on ivory paper that looks like it came from the 19th century. The memos are walked around the building by someone called a “chambers aide.”
“The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people,” she said, adding that while clerks email each other, “The court hasn’t really ‘gotten to’ email.”
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