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US: Supreme Court should nix New Jersey sports betting bid

New Jersey's efforts to allow legal sports betting have brought more opposition from the federal government. Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall filed a brief this week that urges the … Click to Continue »

Libertarian Legal Scholars Reject Trump Judicial Nominee's Views on 14th Amendment

3 days agoNews : Reason

One of President Donald Trump's federal court nominees favors an interpretation of the 14th Amendment that libertarian legal scholars have roundly rejected. Kevin Newsom, the former Alabama solicitor general recently nominated by President Trump to the U.S. Show More Summary

Can the Trump-Russia special counsel be undermined by Trump?

Neal Katyal, former US acting solicitor general who helped draft the special counsel regulations, talks with Rachel Maddow about the ways in which Donald...

Trump-Russia probe well suited to special counsel regulations

Neal Katyal, former U.S. Acting Solicitor General who helped draft the special counsel regulations, talks with Rachel Maddow about the parameters of Robert...

Does USERRA Validly Abrogate State Sovereign Immunity?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General to weigh in on the issue presented for cert. in Clark v. Virginia Department of State Police, 292 Va. 725 (2016): whether Congress can use its war powers to abrogate state sovereign...

Laurence Tribe and Ken Starr on former FBI Director James Comey's firing

last weekNews : The Lookout

Harvard constitutional law Professor Laurence Tribe and former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr weigh in on the fallout of former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

The Fourth Circuit Examines Trump’s Travel-Ban Motives

2 weeks agoNews : Close Read

On Monday, in Richmond, Virginia, before a thirteen-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the deputy Solicitor General, Jeffrey Wall, was defending President Donald Trump’s motives with regard to the Administration’s latest...Show More Summary

Ted Olson Misses the Mark on Analysis of DBCFT Constitutionality

In The Washington Post, former Solicitor General Theodore Olson argues that a border adjustment would be unconstitutional as a direct tax not apportioned by population and not categorized as an income tax. Olson is a brilliant litigator, but he’s wrong on this one. Olson correctly explains that the Constitution divides taxes into two categories: indirect […]

Obama Administration Lawyer Returns to Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block is hiring back Ian Gershengorn, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration.

Trump’s acting solicitor opposes high court review for DeCoster

The Acting Solicitor General of the United States has filed “the brief of respondent United States in opposition” to any further Supreme Court review of terms of imprisonment for two egg producers under the so-called “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—which is said to be a rare instance of strict supervisory liability in the criminal law.... Continue Reading

Veteran assistant attorney general named solicitor general

A veteran assistant attorney general has been named Connecticut's new solicitor general. Attorney General George Jepsen announced that Jane Rosenberg will take on the new job. She'll be responsible for … Click to Continue »

Donald Trump and the Chamber of Secrets

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced he had selected Noel J. Francisco to serve as solicitor general. Presuming the Senate confirms Francisco, he will serve as the government’s chief advocate before the Supreme Court and will help to steer the course of federal litigation. Show More Summary

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Trump Taps Noel Francisco for Solicitor General

President Trump has picked Noel Francisco to be his Solicitor General, the administration announced yesterday. The Solicitor General serves as the government's voice in the Supreme Court, representing the federal government's position before the Court. As such, the SG is often aptly referred to as the "Tenth Justice." Francisco,......

Noel Francisco to inherit Supreme Court lectern

3 months agoNews : USAToday: News

The prominent D.C. lawyer is President Trump's nominee for solicitor general.        

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Trump to Pick Noel Francisco as Solicitor General

3 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Francisco served as a White House lawyer from 2001 to 2003 and spent another two years in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel from 2003 to 2005.

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