Is Elena Kagan's Moving to Solicitor General a Step Up or a Step Down?

Orin notes that Elena Kagan is becoming SG.

Some people might try to leverage a high government position into an elite deanship. Kagan is moving the opposite way.

Even though Kagan has been a terrific Harvard dean -- and has shaken up the law school world more generally -- she is likely to have more influence as SG than if she served an additional five years as a dean or university president.