PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Elena Kagan says she and her fellow Supreme Court justices aren't the most tech-savvy group of people and still communicate with one another 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 technology 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.
Justices write memos printed on ivory paper that looks like it came from the 19th century, she said. The memos are then 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 one another, "the court hasn't really 'gotten to' email."
Kagan, 53, was appointed to the court in 2010 by President Barack Obama. She spoke at an event that was part of a celebration of the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island's colonial charter and was hosted by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law.