Clement served as acting solicitor general and as principal deputy solicitor general before being sworn in as solicitor general on June 13, 2005. He has argued 45 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, United States v. Booker, and Gonzales v. Raich.
“Paul Clement shows up on nearly every short list of the very best U.S. Supreme Court advocates alive today,” says Professor Neil Siegel, a former clerk for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who also worked with Clement while serving as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General. “He’s easily in my top five.”
A Wisconsin native, Clement is a graduate of the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University. He earned his JD magna cum laude at Harvard where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, after which he joined Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., as an associate. He served as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property rights and as a partner and head of appellate practice at King & Spaulding before joining the Department of Justice in February 2001.
Mr. Clement’s address will be webcast live beginning at 12:10.
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