on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:49 am
With Elena Kagan now embarking on her new role as a Justice, attention has turned to who might fill the role she is leaving, and when. In an article for the Daily Journal, Lawrence Hurley reports that although â€œthe White House does not have a solicitor general nominee lined up,â€ the current Acting Solicitor General, Neal Katyal, and Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who is currently serving in the White House Counselâ€™s Office, are the â€œtwo frontrunners for the position.â€ (Thanks to Howard Bashman of How Appealing for the link.) Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reports that Christine Gregoire, the Governor of Washington, withdrew her name from consideration for the post yesterday.
But the Solicitor Generalâ€™s position is not the only one in the office earning notice. Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Katyal had selected Leondra Kruger, an Assistant to the Solicitor General, to be his â€œacting principal deputy.â€ SCOTUSblogâ€™s Tom Goldstein remarks on Krugerâ€™s â€œsterling reputation . . . as an extraordinary advocate before the Courtâ€ and observes that the appointment â€œvaults her into the discussion for the very most significant legal appointments in Democratic administrations in a potential second Obama term and beyond.â€ Similarly, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog predicts that Krugerâ€™s name is one â€œthat youâ€™re likely going to be hearing for years to come.â€ Even so, Tony Mauro of the Blog of LegalTimes explains why the appointment is a bit of a â€œsurprise.â€
In response to Justice Ginsburgâ€™s speech accepting the ABA Medalâ€”which was covered in yesterdayâ€™s round-up, with video available from the ABA Journalâ€”Joan Biskupic writes on her Court Beat blog that Ginsburg appears â€œready for theÂ long haul,Â eager toÂ see more changes in the law and profession.â€ In her speech, Ginsburg advocated for a return to less contentious confirmation processes for judicial nominees, a theme that the Washington Postâ€™s Ruth Marcus addresses in her column today. Marcus similarly expresses regret that that â€œ[t]he Supreme Court confirmation process has been degraded into a partisan political fight, in which senators of each side line up, with a few odd defections, with their own party.â€ (ACSblog also has a post on Ginsburgâ€™s speech.)
- Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto discusses partisanship and Supreme Court nominations in a video at the Journalâ€™s website.
- Justice Kagan will deliver the 2011 commencement address for the University of New Mexico School of Law.
- NPR reports that the Senate has â€œreturned several of President Obamaâ€™s judicial nominations to the White Houseâ€â€”including Goodwin Liuâ€™sâ€”after failing to act on them.
- The Tri-City Herald editorial board adds its voice to those advocating that oral arguments be televised.
- And finally, as JURIST notes, today marks the 218th anniversary of the Supreme Courtâ€™s first reported decision, Georgia v. Brailsford, 2 U.S. (2 Dall.) 402 (1792).