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Will a Woman be Appointed Solicitor General?

Publication Date: 
November 07, 2008
ABA Journal
Debra Cassens Weiss

ABA Journal reports that Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan and Professor Pamela S. Karlan are possible candidates for Solicitor General in the Obama administration:

The names of several women are being bandied about as possible appointees to the Justice Department’s solicitor general post.

A new president typically appoints a new solicitor general before filling other Justice Department posts, and the job could go to a woman, according to USA Today. No female has previously been appointed to the job, although a woman held the job in acting capacity for six months, the AmLaw Daily reports.

The ABA Journal mentioned one possible female candidate for the job in its November cover story, "The Lawyers Who May Run America." She is Kathleen Sullivan, the former dean of Stanford Law School. She now chairs the national appellate practice group at Quinn Emanuel.

The AmLaw Daily and Legal Times mention several others. They are:

...Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, founding director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.