As the Aereo case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court in April, there have been a flurry of amicus briefs filed on both sides. It's disappointing, but not too surprising, to see that the official position of the administration is...Show More Summary
The big boys came out on the side of the broadcasters in their upcoming appearance in front of the Supreme Court in the Aereo case. The solicitor general’s office put the Obama administration solidly in the anti-Aereo camp with a 40-page amicus brief (read it here) filed with the SCOTUS today. The broadcasters say that... Read More
The big boys came out today on the side of the broadcasters in their upcoming appearance in front of the Supreme Court in the Aereo case. The Solicitor General of the U.S. put his name and that of the Obama administration solidly in the anti-Aereo camp with an amicus brief (read it here) filed with the SCOTUS today. MORE
It's no secret that the Sixth Circuit is having some trouble with crack sentencing. But it's not just Fair Sentencing Act changes, or retroactivity, or their own muddled precedent that they keep botching. They're also having issues with differentiating a felony from a misdemeanor for purposes of priors and with......
Andrew M. Grossman The Obama Administration appeared prepared to abandon a major portion of its initial greenhouse gas regulatory scheme in oral argument before the Supreme Court today. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, defending aShow More Summary
The judge hearing opening arguments in AFER's marriage equality lawsuit against Virginia ended today's proceedings by promising to make her ruling "soon." Virginia Solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael compared the state constitutional...Show More Summary
When Solicitor General Donald Verrilli stands before the U.S. Supreme Court next month to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against the charge that it violates religious freedom by requiring employers to provide certain...Show More Summary
In an interview with NPR, Mark Herring says he wants the state to be on the "right side of history." The Democrat said his solicitor general will tell a federal judge that Virginia is switching sides in a case that has potential to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Your argument is, it seems to me, in search of a limiting principle,” Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Barack Obama’s lawyer on Jan. 13 at the Supreme Court. That lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, was explaining when Obama can appoint top government officials and federal judges without Senate confirmation. Show More Summary
The Bancroft firm named three new partners on Thursday, reflecting the boutique’s sharp growth in power, if not size, since former solicitor general Paul Clement joined the firm in 2011. Promoted were Erin Murphy, George Hicks Jr. and Jeffrey Harris....
The District of Columbia's solicitor general, a D.C. Superior Court judge and a law firm partner are a local commission's top picks to fill an open seat on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Eleven lawyers and judges applied to fill...
Which law schools and lower-court judges send the most people into prestigious Bristow Fellowships at the U.S. Solicitor General's Office?
We've been following the crazy story of the Solicitor General of the US, Donald Verrilli, making blatantly false statements to the Supreme Court concerning how the feds would have to reveal to defendants that some of the evidence used against them came from secretive NSA data collection methods. Show More Summary
Newsflash: The National Security Agency lied. Okay, actual newsflash: they didn't just lie to We The People. They lied to the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice, and by extension, to the Supreme Court. Nine months ago, the court decided Clapper v. Amnesty International, denying standing to the plaintiffs......
We've written a few times now about the fact that US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli pretty clearly made false statements to the Supreme Court in a key case concerning NSA warrantless wiretapping. The case, Clapper v. Amnesty International, mainly focused on who had standing to challenge warrantless wiretaps performed by the NSA. Show More Summary
The style manual that guides the brief-writing of the U.S. solicitor general's office has been published for the first time, as we reported in Monday's edition of Supreme Court Brief, NLJ's subscription newsletter on the nation's highest court. We also...
We're still waiting... Late last month, after the Solicitor General responded to three anti-Obamacare petitions for certiorari, we were pretty sure that the Court was going to take up the issue of the contraception mandate. After all, the Tenth, Sixth, Third, and Fourth Circuits have all issued conflicting rulings......
I was supremely honored to be asked by SCOTUSBlog to sit for an interview as part of its new SCOTUSblog on camera interview series. Others who have been interviewed to date are Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Burt Neuborne, Goeffrey Stone, Adam Liptak, Linda Greenhouse, Nina Totenberg, and David Porter. Show More Summary
A testy exchange between Justice Stephen Breyer and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. “was not the only signal that the administration may have difficulty winning in the case of Bond v. United States, which began as a ‘lover’s triangle’...Show More Summary
Supreme Court justices talked of dogs swallowing chocolate, goldfish taking in vinegar and horses eating poisoned potatoes. By the time they were done, they had made mincemeat of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s case.