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First Female Solicitor General? Could Happen In Obama's Administration

Publication Date: 
November 06, 2008
The American Lawyer
Rachel Breitman

According to The American Lawyer, Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan and Professor Pamela S. Karlan are possible candidates for the job of future Solicitor General in President Obama's administration:

President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team are moving quickly to assemble a cabinet and fill key posts in the new administration, even as they grapple with the financial crisis and the country's defense policies.

By midafternoon Wednesday, word was out that Obama offered the chief of staff job to Illinois representative Rahm Emanuel. The post, not surprisingly, is among the first and most pressing appointments to be made.


That hasn't stopped the speculation over some of the top legal posts.

Morrison & Foersterpartner Beth Brinkmann and Harvard Law school dean and professor Elena Kagan's names have been attached to the SG post. The job has never been filled by a woman. Other possibilities, according to LegalTimes, include Stanford Law School professors Kathleen Sullivan and Pamela Karlan, as well as MetLife litigation counsel Teresa Wynn Roseborough.