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Who Will Be The Next U.S. Solicitor General?

Handicapping the field of legal superstars in line for a coveted post.

HILLARY CLINTON, BOOK BURNER: During the Citizens United arguments, Justice Samuel Alito asked Malc…

HILLARY CLINTON, BOOK BURNER: During the Citizens United arguments, Justice Samuel Alito asked Malcolm Stewart, the deputy solicitor general defending the government’s censorship, whether the law would empower Congress to ban books.Show More Summary

It's 2016 and Kansas Approvingly Cited Dred Scott in an Abortion Case. It Was Not a Good Idea.

When Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister approvingly cited Dred Scott v. Sandford, a Supreme Court ruling that denied citizenship to black Americans, in his legal defense of the state's severe anti-abortion law earlier this week, he probably wasn't prepared for any backlash. Show More Summary

British lawyers enroll in the Republic to preserve their right to work in European Courts…

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Interesting piece in the Gurdian today, suggesting there’s a bit of a rush to enroll as solicitors in the Republic: Ken Murphy, the director general of the Law Society of Ireland, confirmed that 543 solicitors from England and Wales and 21 solicitors from Northern Ireland have been admitted to the roll of solicitors in Ireland more...

The Supreme Court is likely to nix a racist death sentence

LAST spring, Scott Keller, the solicitor general for Texas, rose to defend his state’s indefensible abortion clinic regulations at the Supreme Court. The hearing did not go well for Mr Keller—the justices struck down Texas’s rules as an unconstitutional burden on the right to abortion.

Supreme Court justices sound sympathetic to ‘unique’ challenge by Texas inmate

Texas Solicitor General Scott A. Keller wanted the Supreme Court on Wednesday to consider death-row inmate Duane Edward Buck a dangerous man. So for a gruesomely detailed six pages in … Click to Continue »

Obama's Former Supreme Court Lawyer Says He 'Hated Losing' Big Immigration Case

The lawyer who helped steer the Obama administration through some of its toughest challenges before the Supreme Court has found a new gig. Donald Verrilli, who stepped down in June from his post as U.S. solicitor general, will be returning...Show More Summary

Donald Verrilli, Former Solicitor General, to Join Law Firm

Mr. Verrilli, who argued 37 cases before the Supreme Court for the Obama administration, will open a Washington office for Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Judge sharply questions defense of Indiana's Syrian refugee ban

3 months agoNews : USAToday: News

Exchanges heated between U.S. Appeals Court judges and the Indiana Solicitor General.        

Why Did Paul Clement Craft His NC Voting Brief as If Scalia Was Still Alive? A Theory

I had been puzzling over Paul Clement’s brief in the North Carolina voting case. (And I wasn’t the only one.) Former Solicitor General Clement is one of the ablest Supreme Court lawyers around, and yet the brief was written as … Continue reading ?

Non-Sequiturs: 07.08.16

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Which law firms fared the best in front of the Supreme Court this Term? [Empirical SCOTUS] Charles Fried, Solicitor General under Ronald Reagan, really, really doesn't like Donald Trump. [Slate] Even David Boies couldn't stop the shipwreck of the S.S. Show More Summary

Ronald Reagan's Solicitor General Has Had Enough of Trump

5 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

The man who represented the Reagan administration 25 times at the Supreme Court has issued a stinging rebuke of Donald Trump in an exclusive to Slate. Charles Fried, who served as solicitor general from 1985-1989 and now teaches constitutional...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court upholds the affirmative action program at the University of Texas.

SCOTUSblog reports.MORE: This is a 4-3 decision, not a mere affirmance by an evenly divided Court. The odd number of Justices is due to Kagan's recusal. (She worked on the case when she was Solicitor General.)According to SCOTUSblog,...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Calls for Views of the Solicitor General

The no-change decision in Cuozzo was the biggest immediate patent law news from June 20, 2016.  However, two other actions by the court that day may end up having a greater long term impact.  Namely, that same day the court called for the views of the US Solicitor General (CVSG) in both Impression Products v. Lexmark and Sandoz v. Amgen. […]

Obama's Supreme Court Lawyer 'Can't Imagine' The Justices Would Back A Muslim Ban

6 months agoNews : Huffington Post

The Obama administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court didn't sound too worried about what the justices might do if a future president tried to ban Muslims from entering the country. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told...Show More Summary

America’s Appellate Lawyer Recaps 5 Years of Legal ‘High Drama’

The Obama administration’s solicitor general, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., is exiting after 37 Supreme Court arguments on divisive issues from health care to gay marriage.

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The Supreme Court’s 10th Justice Can’t Handle His Credit Cards

The Solicitor General of the United States is often referred to as the 10th Justice (the Supreme Court is made up of 9 justices -- 8 associates and a Chief Justice) because the federal government's representative before the Court argues...Show More Summary

Donald Verrilli to Say Goodbye to SCOTUS -- For Now

Few faces are more familiar in the Supreme Court than Donald Verrilli's. As solicitor general, he's argued more cases before the Court over the last five years than any other attorney. And those included a large amount of landmark victories, from defending Obamacare to winning constitutional protections for same-sex......

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