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Karlan To Take Justice Department Voting Rights Post

Publication Date: 
December 20, 2013
Josh Gerstein

Professor Pam Karlan is mentioned in Politico on her appointment to Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights in Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. 

The Obama administration is tapping a Stanford Law School professor who is favorite of many on the legal left, Pam Karlan, to take a prominent Justice Department post overseeing enforcement of voting rights laws.

Karlan will become the deputy assistant attorney general for voting rights in Justice's Civil Rights Division, a Justice Department official confirmed Friday.


Presumably, Karlan will oversee that new campaign. The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, will also raise her profile in Washington.

Karlan backers have long considered her a possible Supreme Court nominee, though she has suggested to POLITICO and in public speeches that she is too outspoken to be offered such a high-profile post. It's unclear whether her new job, which could draw her a considerable amount of flak from various political figures, will make her more or less confirmable for a prominent judicial opening.

Karlan's appointment appears to have been first noted by New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin.