Monday, October 14, 2019
If you’ve dreamed of arguing in the Supreme Court, are willing to wear a morning coat, and have the right credentials, there’s a job opening for an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. The posting closes on November 1, so there are still two weeks to apply.
The Solicitor General, currently Neal Francisco, represents the United States before the Supreme Court. The United States is involved in approximately two-thirds of all the cases the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the merits each year. According to the job posting, Assistants to the Solicitor General:
work on briefs on the merits, petitions for writs of certiorari, jurisdictional statements, briefs in opposition, motions to affirm, papers relating to stays, and other forms of motion practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. They also review recommendations as to whether the government should seek U.S. Supreme Court review in cases it has lost, whether the United States should appeal to intermediate appellate courts cases it has lost in the trial courts, whether the United States should pursue rehearing en banc when cases are lost at the appellate level. They prepare memoranda to the Solicitor General containing such recommendations and also memoranda discussing other legal problems as assigned; draft correspondence; and advise the Solicitor General on different aspects of the work of the Office. The incumbent argues cases before the U.S. Supreme Court–ordinarily two to three times each Supreme Court term.
Of course, it is a prestigious position, and the qualifications reflect that.
1. J.D. degree, active bar membership;
2. Exceptional and strong academic background;
3. Federal appellate clerkship or Supreme Court clerkship strongly encouraged;
4. Significant federal appellate litigation experience;
5. Broad experience in areas of law germane to federal governmental practice;
6. Exceptional writing skills;
7. Strong oral advocacy skills; and
8. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with less experienced attorneys, providing guidance and assistance.
Historically, many who served in the SG office have gone on to the bench or to serve in other government office. Good luck to all of the applicants!