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Posted at 3:58 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Verrilli to be nominated as Solicitor General

By Jerry Markon

President Obama intends to nominate White House official Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as Solicitor General, the government's legal advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, a White House official said Monday.

Verrilli, a Deputy Counsel to the President, would replace Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who served as Solicitor General before being nominated for the court. The job is among the most prestigious in the Washington legal world and has been held by luminaries such as Theodore B. Olson, who represented the government before the high court during the George W. Bush administration.

Verrilli previously worked for the Justice Department as an associate deputy attorney general focusing on domestic and national security policy issues. He was a lawyer in private practice for more than 20 years in the D.C. office of Jenner & Block. The White House official, who asked for anonymity because the announcement has not been made, said Verrilli's nomination for the post could come as early as Monday afternoon.

Kagan's deputy, acting solicitor general Neal Katyal, had also been considered a candidate for the job.

By Jerry Markon  | January 24, 2011; 3:58 PM ET
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Does the nominee have the proper Marxist/progressive/liberal credentials. such as ACLU membership, membership in the Democratic Socialist of America, or an antipathy towrds capitalism, conservatism, our Constitutional republic,Christianity and/or Caucasian middle and wealthy class males? This seems to be a liberal litmus test for every person nominated by this administration

Posted by: chemistmike | January 25, 2011 1:57 AM | Report abuse

" The Job will be the most Prestigious in Washington Law Circles " As if anything can be Prestigious if it has anything to do with the Obama Administration. The word " Prestigious and Obama go together about as much as much as " I was born in Hawaii " does as a sentence and a selling it as adeclaration of Truth .

Posted by: puck-101 | January 25, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

" The Job will be the most Prestigious in Washington Law Circles " As if anything can be Prestigious if it has anything to do with the Obama Administration. The word " Prestigious and Obama go together about as much as much as " I was born in Hawaii " does as a sentence and a declaration of Truth .

Posted by: puck-101 | January 25, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Kagan has not yet proved herself to be a democratic judge. She sure hasn't gone to bat for cases where the defendent is clearly innocent of any crime, like Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a man Karl Rove set out to destroy - and did. She even told the Supreme Court NOT to hear Siegelman's case.

My point is, I hope Verilli shows more concern for justice than she has.

Esther Davis, Huntsville, Alabama

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Kagan has not yet proved herself to be a democratic judge. She sure hasn't gone to bat for cases where the defendent is clearly innocent of any crime, like Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a man Karl Rove set out to destroy - and did. She even told the Supreme Court NOT to hear Siegelman's case.

My point is, I hope Verilli shows more concern for justice than she has.

Esther Davis, Huntsville, Alabama

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This story should say how old he is, given that he could be the next pick if there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Based on his Yale graduating class, I'm guessing he's about 54, but really don't know. Care to tell us, Wapo?

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | January 24, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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