When you've argued at least 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked in the Solicitor General's Office for two different administrations (Bush II and Obama), and Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, (a personal favorite) writes a New Yorker feature on you, titled, "The Supreme Court Nominee-in-Waiting," some......
By Dennis Crouch Sony Computer v. 1st Media LLC, Docket No 12-1086 (on petition for writ of certiorari 2013) In a recent order, the Supreme Court has asked the Solicitor General to file a brief in this expressing the views...
By Hector Barreto, Fox News Latino Just recently, the Solicitor General challenged in the United State Supreme Court a recent decision reached by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In its decision Noel Canning v. Show More Summary
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. on Friday offered some words of advice for the graduating class of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. “First, expect some adversity to come your way, you are...
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to take and reverse a lower-court ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are unconstitutional, and therefore that no one must follow any orders issued by NLRB. Show More Summary
By James Kwak In 1975, Isaac Ehrlich published an empirical study purporting to show that the death penalty saved lives, since each execution deterred eight murders. The next year, Solicitor General Robert Bork cited this study to the Supreme Court, … Continue reading ?
After Republicans successfully filibustered two of President Obama’s high-profile nominees to federal appeals courts, the president has launched the proverbial no-holds-barred effort to win confirmation of Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan for a seat on the U.S. Show More Summary
How many former Republican solicitors general does it take to prevent a filibuster? Almost a year ago, President Barack Obama nominated Caitlin Hannigan and Sri Srinivasan to be judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, a key court that has jurisdiction over federal regulations and is often seen as a stepping-stone to the US Supreme Court. Show More Summary
Former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who was chosen by House Republicans to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court, had previously argued that people can change their sexual orientation,...Show More Summary
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. It’s 2009, and Elena Kagan is answering questions during her confirmation hearing for the position of Solicitor General within the Obama administration. According to William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who posted this piece on March 25, this is what she had to say about gay marriage: 1. Show More Summary
(Randy Barnett) In oral argument yesterday, the Chief Justice as Solicitor General Verrilli what Ed Whelan on Bench Memos thought was a killer question: CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Suppose your — you agree that Congress could go the other way, right? Congress could pass a new law today that says, We will give Federal benefits. When we say [...]
President Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said two things in Court Wednesday that may swing Justice Anthony Kennedy one way or the other on whether to uphold or strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA...Show More Summary
House Republicans have paid former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement $3 million to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, but as the legal challenge is heard at Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, GOP leaders have remained silent on the matter. In 2011, House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) convened the Bipartisan Legal Advisory [...]
Justice Antonin Scalia asked former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, the attorney leading the effort to strike down Proposition 8, when exactly did it become unconstitutional to bar gays from marrying.
There are four vacancies on the D.C. Circuit court. The nomination of Sri Srinivasan, Obama’s deputy solicitor general, has not yet gotten a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his first term, Obama did not get a single nominee onto the court. Overall, eighteen of Obama’s judicial nominees are currently awaiting confirmation. [Washington Post] [...]
Chris Johnson has the scoop at Washington Blade: In court orders on Friday, justices announced the U.S. Solicitor General will be allowed speaking time for oral arguments in the case, which are scheduled for March 26. “The motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted,” the orders states.
The Supreme Court has granted the Department of Justice speaking time in the Prop 8 case, the Washington Blade reports: In court orders on Friday, justices announced the U.S. Solicitor General will be allowed speaking time for oral arguments in...
By Scottie Thomaston The Supreme Court has granted a request from the Solicitor General for time to argue in support of the same-sex couples who are plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Prop 8 case. The Solicitor General had filed a brief in the case on behalf of the United States. Their argument rests on [...]
The Supreme Court has granted a request from the Solicitor General for time to argue in support of the same-sex couples who are plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Prop 8 case.
(Jonathan H. Adler) Last month, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal made the case for creating an executive branch court to oversee the use of drones for targeted killings. In Katyal’s view, subjecting drone strikes to an Article III “drone court” would be a “mistake.” Thus he endorsed an alternative oversight mechanism to be housed within the executive [...]