The Legal Nexus

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Former Solicitor General Chosen as Lead Counsel to File SB 1070 Petition

Paul D. Clement

Gov. Jan Brewer has chosen renowned attorney Paul D. Clement as lead counsel in filing Arizona’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding SB 1070.

Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, D.C. He served under President George W. Bush as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, from 2005 until 2008. Before Clement’s service as solicitor general, he was acting solicitor general for nearly a year and principal deputy solicitor general for more than three years. He is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Clement has argued more than 50 cases before the Supreme Court, including McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, and McDonald v. Chicago. Additionally, Clement’s lower court experience includes many of the government’s pivotal cases, such as Walker v. Cheney and the successful appeal in United States v. Moussaoui. He currently serves as lead counsel representing 26 states, including Arizona, in the Florida lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare. That case is currently before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Mr. Clement has an impeccable nationwide reputation for his expertise in appellate and constitutional litigation,” said Brewer. “He is well-suited to lead our excellent legal team as we advance Arizona’s appeal to the Supreme Court.”

Brewer said she is optimistic the Supreme Court will choose to hear the state’s defense of SB 1070.

It will likely be late September or early October before the court announces whether it will hear the case.


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