Last updated on: 2/1/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul D. Clement, JD Biography

Title:
Former Solicitor General of the United States
Position:
None Found to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

No position found as Feb. 1, 2013

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, Bancroft PLLC (Washington, DC), 2011-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1988-present
  • Senior Fellow, Georgetown University’s Supreme Court Institute
  • Partner, King & Spalding, 2008-2011
  • Finalist, Public Justice Foundation’s 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, June 2005-June 2008
  • Acting Solicitor General of the United States, 2004-2005
  • Principal Deputy Solicitor General, 2001-2004
  • Chief Counsel, US Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights
  • Clerk, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court
  • Clerk, Judge Laurence H. Silberman, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
  • Supreme Court Editor, Harvard Law Review
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1992
  • M.Phil, Economics, Cambridge University
  • BSFS, summa cum laude, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Other:
  • Has argued over 60 cases in the United States Supreme Court and ranks 8th among active lawyers in the number of Supreme Court appearances
  • Confirmed to the New York Times that he typically bills around $1,000 an hour
  • Argued in front of the Supreme Court that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional
  • Resigned from King & Spalding after the firm decided to end its counsel to Republican Congress members fighting to protect the Defense of Marriage Act. Clement continued to represent the House Republicans after resigning.
  • Resigned effectively as Solicitor General on June 8, 2005
  • In 2004, while defending the Bush administration’s right to detain enemy combatants in front of the Supreme Court, Clement denied that the administration tortured them. Clement later admitted that he did not have all of the facts.
  • Married with three sons
Quoted in:
  1. Do Religious Displays on Public Property Violate the Constitution?