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November 7, 2008

Predictions and recommendations for AG and SG?

While the early political buzz about the next administration is focused mostly on on other cabinet positions, I am most interested and concerned in who President Obama will tap for the positions of Attorney General and Solicitor General.  This new USA Today article looks at the SG position, and a lot of different names have already made the rounds for AG.

Though readers are welcome to make predictions about who will actually get picked for these key positions, I am especially interested in readers making creative (and realistic?) recommendations for these spots.  I will get the name game started by throwing out the names of two great lawyers I happen to know well and whose work I have always greatly respected:

For AG: US District Judge Algenon Marbley
For SG: Professor Jeffrey Fisher

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Knowing Marbley's body of work, I think he could do more good at the Sixth Circuit than in Washington

Posted by: | Nov 7, 2008 2:13:00 PM

I like the idea of Fisher for SG very much. But will he really want to give up his work at SLC?

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 7, 2008 4:29:03 PM


I was hoping someone else would get a gig in the Sixth Circuit who is a sentencing expert.

And I think Gov's Patrick, Napolitano, Kaine are probably the leading AG picks, although I would love to see one of the Amar brothers in that slot.

Posted by: | Nov 7, 2008 8:55:38 PM

Let me sorta play devil's advocate here for a minute. Is there any reason to believe a good lawyer would not represent his client?

The ONLY person in the Bush administration I really felt was hugely competent and by far the best person for the job was SG Paul Clement. I'd love to see him as Obama's SG, assuming he'd be willing and/or able to argue in support of the Obama's Administration's positions. I suppose, the question is whether Clement is a "true believer" evangelical neocon or whether he's just a great lawyer and superb Supreme Court advocate who did his job well and represented his client to the best of his abilities, and would be willing to do the same in the future for a different client.

Yeah I know, it would never happen, politics being what it is. I just don't think there's anyone more qualified to be SG than Mr. Clement, and as someone who is a fan of the "best person for the job" (yeah I am against affirmative action for that very reason, and affirmative action seems moot after a minority president won by a landslide), I would support him on the theory that he'd advocate for his client.

I've represented clients with whom I did not agree, or even like. Hell, one client threatened to kill me when I got his criminal case dismissed. Really hated that dude.

Posted by: BruceM | Nov 9, 2008 2:27:18 PM

Fisher. Wow. I doubt it. But wow.

Posted by: RW | Nov 13, 2008 9:05:26 PM

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