Distinquished Lawyer Luncheon Series
presented by District of Columbia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Speaker: Donald B. Verrilli Jr., Former U.S. Solicitor General
Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Location: U.S. District Courthouse, Conference Room 1131B (1st Floor), 333 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Topics: Former U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will speak concerning topics of interest to him, and answer questions. Topics may include: preparing for oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts, his experience as a Solicitor General, and recent trends that may impact the Office of the Solicitor General
Cost: (Lunch Will be Provided)
$10 - Federal Bar Association Members and law students
$15 – Government lawyers, lawyers who work in public interest and/or for nonprofit organizations
$20 - Others
Free – Federal Judges and their Law Clerks
Please register online at https://verrilliluncheonfba.eventbrite.com
Space is Limited.
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Donald B. Verrilli Jr., former Solicitor General
Donald B. Verrilli Jr. served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016. During that time, he argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and was responsible for representing the United States Government in all appellate matters before the High Court and in the federal courts of appeals.
Mr. Verrilli’s landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell; his successful arguments in favor of marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor; and his vindication of federal immigration authority in Arizona v. United States. He was also victorious in a case vindicating the president’s foreign affairs authority in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and in numerous cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance.
Before serving as U.S. Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel and as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled President Barack Obama, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy and the scope of executive and administrative authority.
Before entering federal service, Mr. Verrilli spent two decades at Jenner & Block, where he specialized in telecommunications, media and First Amendment law. As a private practitioner, Mr. Verrilli argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established in 2005 that file sharing services were subject to the copyright laws, and FCC v. NextWave, which held that the bankruptcy laws allow FCC licensees to keep their licenses while reorganizing. He also achieved a landmark victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Wiggins v. Smith, a case that established the standards for effective assistance of counsel in capital sentencing proceedings.
Mr. Verrilli is a currently a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, where, among other things, he handles pending cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. He is a 1979 graduate of Yale University and a 1983 graduate of Columbia Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review and was both a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.