Appellate Advocacy Blog

Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

#TwitterTuesday--Who will be SG?


Happy New Year!  2017 is sure to be a big one as the country faces a new presidential administration and at least one SCOTUS vacancy.  For today we will focus on possible Solicitor General picks.

Erin Murphy, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis (@Kirkland_Ellis), focuses on Supreme Court and other appellate cases. This former law clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., successfully argued on behalf of the House of Representatives in Texas v. United States and briefed for high-profile cases such as NFIB v. Sebelius.

Michael Carvin, partner at Jones Day (@JonesDay), has been characterized as having a “take no prisoners” argument style, seen in his work on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Bsuiness in NFIB v. Sebelius.

Kannon Shanmugam (@KannonShanmugam) heads the Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice at Williams and Connelly and, as evidenced in his tweets, is an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan. Shanmugam has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States eighteen times and in all thirteen Federal Circuit courts.

Another name that is being thrown around for SG is George Conway (@gtconway3d), a partner at Wachtell and husband of Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump adviser.  Mr. Conway is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.  He clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr., on the Second Circuit.

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