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January 14, 2009

More news about likely key players in Obama Administration's Justice Department

The Blog of Legal Times has this new post titled "More Names Emerge for Key DOJ Slots."  Here are snippets that should be of particular interest to those interested in key players for the federal criminal justice system:

We're getting a clearer picture of the new Justice Department’s top ranks, as Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr.’s confirmation hearings begin.

The leading candidate to head the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, who is Holder’s partner at Covington & Burling, was named by the The Washington Post last week. The BLT has learned of a few more frontrunners for top DOJ slots:...

Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal, who successfully argued the landmark detainee rights case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld before the Supreme Court, is the top pick for principal deputy solicitor general, the office’s No. 2 spot, the sources say.  From 1998 to 1999, Katyal (Yale Law) served as Holder’s national security adviser in the Justice Department.

I do not know Lanny Breuer, though his firm bioreveals that he has earned a strong reputation in white-collar criminal defense.  I do know Neal Katyal from way back when we clerked in successive years for Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi, and I have only good things to say about him and his considerable talents.

January 14, 2009 at 09:29 PM | Permalink


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