Mrs. Kagan was born on April 28, 1960, in New York, United States. Born to Gloria and Robert Kagan, Elena Kagan grew up as the second of three children in a middle-class Jewish family living on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Kagan's mother was an educator, teaching students at Hunter College Elementary School. Her father was a longtime partner at the Manhattan law firm Kagan & Lubic, working primarily with tenant associations. Inspired by her father's work, Elena Kagan took an interest in law at an early age.