Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Paul Clement Stays Cool in High Court Hot Seat

Findlaw.com has this article up on U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. Here is a taste:

Nimble on his feet and smoothly conversational with the justices, Clement has won three-fourths of the 38 cases he has argued since joining the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001 (some are still pending). He argues without notes, but can rattle off the most obscure citations from memory -- even when defending a 1,400-page lower court decision, as he did in the campaign reform case of McConnell v. FEC. And he has a knack for offering the Court a clear, if narrow, path toward seeing a case his way. "I am so glad he is solicitor general, because he makes my job easier," Justice Antonin Scalia said during a Georgetown Supreme Court Institute tribute for Clement in April, adding that among his fellow justices, Clement was the "sentimental favorite" for replacing Theodore Olson as SG in 2005.

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