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ELENA KAGAN IN 2009: “THERE IS NO FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.” As Prof. W…

ELENA KAGAN IN 2009: “THERE IS NO FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.” As Prof. William A. Jacobson writes at his Legal Insurrection blog,  “Then she was a nominee for Solicitor General, now she is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Then she was bound to follow the law, now she gets […]

The Surprising Hero Of Same-Sex Marriage

Ted Olson was an unlikely ally in the fight against California’s Prop 8. But along with David Boies, the Bush-era Solicitor General pushed the law in today’s direction.

In Obamacare Rematch, Verrilli Prevails Again

If blockbusters Supreme Court battles ended the way sports championships do, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli would be soaked in champagne and showered with Gatorade. And Jones Day partner Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the losing plaintiffs, would glumly file back into a hushed locker room.

SG’s Latest Brief On Implied FDCA Preemption Under Buckman

On May 26, 2015, the Solicitor General’s office responded to the United States Supreme Court’s Oct. 14, 2014 invitation for the government’s views on the certioraripetition filed in Athena Cosmetics, Inc. v. Allergan, Inc., No. 13-1379. Show More Summary

Copyright on Computer Programs: Solicitor General Argues that APIs are Unquestionably Copyright Eligible

by Dennis Crouch In recent years, much attention has focused on whether the output of computer software engineers is properly the subject of patent rights. Now, however, an important case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding whether computer programs are protectable under copyright. Show More Summary

Sen. Mike Lee to align with rabidly anti-gay Family Research Council

last monthLGBT / Gay : Good As You

The far-right is determined to make a thing out of Solicitor General Verrilli's relatively unremarkable comments during the recent SCOTUS marriage hearing. To this end, Republican US Senator Mike Lee is aligning his name with the Family Research Council, one...

Donald Verrilli: 'Justice' Includes Access to Health Care

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said lawyers on the "fortunate side" of the income gap have an obligation to make legal services more affordable for middle- and low-income Americans.       

Obama Administration Files Totally Clueless Argument Concerning Software Copyrights In Supreme Court Case

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Obama administration made a really dangerous and ignorant argument to the Supreme Court yesterday, which could have an insanely damaging impact on innovation -- and it appears to be because Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (yes, the MPAA's old top lawyer) is absolutely clueless about some rather basic concepts concerning programming. Show More Summary

‘We won!’ Watch Ted Cruz brag about defeating homeless atheist man in court

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday bragged that he had defeated a homeless atheist man in court while serving as solicitor general in Texas — a story he enjoys recalling in front of religious audiences. “What I want to talk to you about this morning is… religious liberty,”...

Morning Docket: 05.05.15

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS? Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS... while high? The Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. to weigh in on the marijuana border wars suit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. Show More Summary

U.S. Solicitor General: Marriage Equality's Hero at the Supreme Court?

Some commentators are praising Donald Verrilli's performance as the Obama administration's rep at the high court, but there are those who found him too low-key. read more

Turning State Against Church: The Meaning of the Coming Fight Over Religious Tax Exemptions

Those who may not be familiar with the law surrounding tax exemptions may not be aware of the true implications of the solicitor general’s statement yesterday that “it’s going to be an issue” whether religious organizations can maintain their tax exemption if they maintain their opposition to gay marriage. Show More Summary

-Supreme Court Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage: Religious Liberty- “It is Going to Be an Issue”

The US Solicitor General Donald Verrili admitted that religious liberty was “going to be an issue” in response to questioning by justices of the Supreme Court. This observation followed the arguments he gave on behalf of the Obama administration favoring same-sex marriage. The answers given by the Solicitor General are particularly troubling because of the […]

Yesterday at the Supreme Court, struggling over whether the argument for same-sex marriage is better expressed in terms of fundamental liberty or equal protection.

In the same-sex marriage argument yesterday (PDF), the Solicitor General premised his argument entirely on the right to equal protection of the laws, but Justice Kennedy wanted him to talk about the right to marry. Kennedy framed the...Show More Summary

If SCOTUS Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality, Thank Solicitor General Don Verrilli

In the months leading up to Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments before the Supreme Court, gay rights groups tied themselves in knots over which attorney should represent the cause in front of the justices. The agonizing turned out to be for naught. Show More Summary

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0 Analysis: Donald Verrilli Goes to Bat for Marriage Equality

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN THIS ANALYSIS IS CONTINUED FROM PART 1. Before we get to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued after Ms. Bonauto on the first question -- does the Fourteenth Amendment require all states to let gays marry...

UFC Will Appeal New York MMA Suit, Retains Former Federal Attorney Paul Clement

The UFC will appeal a recent court decision to dismiss its legal challenge to the law that bans MMA in the state of New York, and company officials have retained Paul Clement, a former United States Solicitor General, to represent the...Show More Summary

Lawsuit Seeks Background on DOJ 'Apology' in Supreme Court Indian Cases

A Native American group has gone to court to shine light on a little-known "confession of error" by then-acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal in 2011 in which he said his office made misrepresentations to the U.S. Supreme Court in decades-old Indian law cases.       

As a Private Lawyer, Ted Cruz Defended Companies Found Guilty of Wrongdoing

In his bio on his presidential campaign website, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) boasts of what he did as Texas solicitor general to defend the Second Amendment, the Pledge of Allegiance, and US sovereignty—all conservative causes. But CruzShow More Summary

Amicus: Let’s Salsa With Sotomayor

Listen to Episode 2 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab On Episode 2 of our new Supreme Court podcast, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick and former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger discuss the Supreme Court’s recent non-decisions about abortion and voter ID laws. Show More Summary

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