Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Solicitor General of the United States

NPR's All Things Considered last week had profiles of the two lawyers who will be most prominent in the three days of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the Affordable Care Act. Arguing for the government in defense of the act will be the Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. 8 min 58 sec. The task of the Office of the Solicitor General is to supervise and conduct government litigation in the United States Supreme Court. The S.G. is not to be confused with the Attorney General, currently Eric Holder, who is head of the Department of Justice. Arguing that the act is unconstitutional will be a former Solicitor General, Paul Clement, now in private practice. 8 min 51 sec
Both programs can be heard in streaming or .mp3, transcripts available.