And The Nominee For Solicitor General Is….

Mar 10, 2017, 00:36
And The Nominee For Solicitor General Is….

President Donald Trump is to nominate Washington lawyer Noel Francisco for the position of solicitor general, the government's top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to two sources familiar with the hiring process.

White House Counsel Don McGahn is one of several other Jones Day lawyers who have joined the administration.

In his capacity as acting solicitor general, Francisco was in charge of introducing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the Supreme Court at the start of its February session ― a formality reserved for whenever there is a new administration. He had previously worked at the Jones Day worldwide law firm, the largest in the U.S. He clerked for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Francisco is now serving as acting SG.

In addition to his private sector work, Francisco served in the White House counsel's office during the administration of President George W. Bush. Sign up to our free daily newsletters and get stories like this sent straight to your inbox.

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Last year, Francisco also successfully convinced the justices to overturn the multiple convictions of Virginia Gov.

Francisco has been deputy solicitor general since January 23.

In another case decided a year ago, he represented religious nonprofits that sought an exemption from a provision of the Obamacare health law that requires employers to provide women workers with health insurance that includes contraception coverage. William McGinley, another former Jones Day partner, was appointed as the president's lead liaison to the cabinet.

He also successfully fought and obtained a ruling in 2014 that limited the White House from filling presidential appointee positions without the Senate's approval.