Solicitor General Donald Verrilli retires, and affirmative action is upheld.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s Greatest Hits

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s Greatest Hits

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
June 25 2016 7:55 AM

Amicus: Goodbye, General!

On his last day in office, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli talks about what it’s been like to argue some of the government’s biggest cases at the high court. Also—affirmative action, saved.

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Same-sex marriage. Voting Rights. Obamacare. These are among the many enormously consequential causes that have fallen to Donald Verrilli to defend at the Supreme Court over the past five years. On this week’s episode, he looks back on some of the highlights—and lowlights—of his term as U.S. Solicitor General.

We’re also joined by Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to discuss this week’s big affirmative action win at the Supreme Court. Many court watchers were surprised by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vote in Fisher v. University of Texas, but not Ifill. She tells us why.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.