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An Early Line On Legal Slots In Obama Administration

Publication Date: 
November 06, 2008
Source: 
Legal Times
Author: 
Marisa McQuilken and Brian Katkin

Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan and Professor Pamela S Karlan are mentioned in the Legal Times as possible choices for Solicitor General in President Obama's administration:

Solicitor General: No woman has ever served as solicitor general, but a number have been mentioned as candidates for the job in an Obama administration. Stanford Law School professors Kathleen Sullivan and Pamela Karlan and Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan are possibilities, as well as Morrison & Foerster partner Beth Brinkmann and MetLife litigation counsel Teresa Wynn Roseborough. They could also be considered to lead of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which produces legal opinions on complex matters for the attorney general and the president. Lawyers who have held both positions have gone on to become Supreme Court justices. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and Justices Stanley Reed and Thurgood Marshall were solicitors general. The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and current Justice Antonin Scalia once headed the Office of Legal Counsel. That experience could come in handy should one or more Supreme Court justices step down in the next four years.