Solicitor general to deliver Dickinson School of Law keynote speech in Carlisle

April 01, 2015

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., solicitor general of the United States, will deliver the 2015 commencement address for the Dickinson School of Law on Saturday, May 16 in Carlisle. 

Verrilli has served as the 46th solicitor general since President Obama nominated him to succeed Elena Kagan after she joined the Supreme Court in 2011. During his tenure as solicitor general, Verrilli has argued for the United States in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, Arizona v. United States, United States v. Windsor, and numerous other important cases. Most recently, Verrilli has argued the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court, as well as the landmark case Shelby County v. Holder regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Verrilli previously served as deputy counsel to President Obama and as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his government service, he was a partner for many years in Jenner & Block, and co-chaired the firm’s Supreme Court practice.

He also taught First Amendment law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School from 1992 through 2008.

Verrilli received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court.

Commencement activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, with a reception for graduates, their families, and guests. 

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Last Updated July 22, 2015