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January 24, 2011

President Obama nominates Donald Verrilli for Solicitor General position

As detailed in this post from The BLT, "President Barack Obama has tapped White House Deputy Counsel Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as Solicitor General of the United States."  Here is more about the nomination and an account for why Acting SG Neal Katyal may not be getting the nod:

If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would fill the position now held by acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who stepped into the job when Solicitor General Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Verrilli was the former co-chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group in the Washington office of Jenner & Block from 2000 until he joined the Obama Department of Justice in 2009 as an associate deputy attorney general.  While at the Justice Department, Verrilli focused on domestic and national security policy issues.

Verrilli is a veteran Supreme Court advocate.  He has argued 12 cases before the justices and participated in more than 100.  His cases have ranged from the intricacies of intellectual property, such as his defense of music industry copyrights in 2005, to the complexities of the death penalty, such as his pro bono work in Wiggins v. Smith....

A former clerk to Justice William Brennan Jr., Verrilli is a graduate of Columbia Law School....

Since the confirmation of Kagan, there has been considerable speculation within the Supreme Court bar community about her replacement.  Katyal’s chances, some said, were dimmer than others because his Supreme Court representation of alleged terrorist Salim Hamdan could create controversy during a confirmation hearing.  Katyal, who handled that case while he was on the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center, won his high court case — a major defeat for the Bush Administration and military tribunals.

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Just like that term used. It sounds so influential and so responsible. Does Pres.Obama really deserve this uncool term? maybe this cases would affect to the administration.But still, Pres. Obama has done a very smart thing not sign easily and buying some time first before jumping into some any conclusions about the bill to repeal some conversations.

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