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Solicitor General Donald Verrilli

By Brian Cardile | Jan. 27, 2017

Appellate Practice

Jan. 27, 2017

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli

Donald Verrilli reflects on his time as U.S. Solicitor General under Barack Obama, revisiting salient victories for marriage equality and healthcare, and a defeat on voter protections. He also shares thoughts on Merrick Garland's neglected nomination, present political hostility, the future of healthcare, and his new role as founding partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson's Washington, D.C., office.


This week we're honored to welcome Donald Verrilli, recently retired from his post as 46th Solicitor General of the United States, and who serves now as a partner with Munger Tolles & Olson's new Washington, D.C., office.

Mr. Verrilli, who served as Solicitor General under President Barack Obama from 2011 until this past summer, argued a number of signal Supreme Court cases over his tenure, successfully defending the Affordable Care Act twice and helping secure the right of same-sex couples to marry. In our chat, Mr. Verrilli candidly reflects on his experiences in those trying matters, as well as one stinging loss, in Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidated portions of the Voting Rights Act.

Mr. Verrilli also discusses the Senate's refusal to hold a hearing for Merrick Garland, the recent election and the present state of political truculence, and how a major piece of his and Barack Obama's legacy, the Affordable Care Act, stands in grave peril.

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Brian Cardile

Rulings Editor, Podcast Host, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reporter

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