Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the 46th solicitor general of the United States, will deliver the 2013–14 Tyrrell Williams Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall. He will speak on “The Solicitor General and Civil Rights Law: Historical Perspectives.”
Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, will welcome the audience to the event. William H. Webster, JD ’49 — retired partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, retired federal judge, and former director of the FBI and the CIA — will introduce Verrilli.
Appointed by President Barack Obama in June 2011, Verrilli supervises and conducts government litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court. About two-thirds of the cases the Supreme Court decides on the merits each year involve the government.
Verrilli oversees the selection of government issues for Supreme Court review, decides the positions the government will take on them, and then conducts the oral arguments before the court. Most recently, he successfully argued National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, which sustained critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act provision that denied federal benefits to same-sex partners.
Read more about Verrilli and RSVP for the event here.