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California has a new Solicitor General

By Josh Richman
Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 2:50 pm in Attorney General, Kamala Harris.

An attorney who couldn’t win U.S. Senate confirmation after President Barack Obama nominated him to a federal appeals court seat will be California’s new solicitor general, state Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Monday.

Edward DuMontEdward DuMont, 51, in January will become the state Justice Department’s chief appellate lawyer, overseeing all civil and criminal appeals and litigating the state’s most sensitive, complex cases in state and federal courts. Harris said Californians “will be well served by Ed’s legal acumen and extensive appellate litigation experience.”

DuMont, in Harris’ news release, said he’s honored. “While it will be hard to leave my current clients and colleagues, I look forward to returning to California, joining a new team and working together to build an expanded Solicitor General’s office that we will all be proud of.”

President Obama nominated DuMont in April 2010 and re-nominated him in January 2011 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He would have been the first openly gay federal appeals court judge, but his nomination languished for more than 18 months without the Senate Judiciary Committee ever scheduling a confirmation hearing. DuMont asked Obama to withdraw his nomination in November 2011.

An Oakland native, DuMont grew up in the Bay Area; he holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.

DuMont has been with the firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C., since 2002 and has been a partner there since 2004; he’s now a vice chair of the firms’a appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice group. Earlier, he served seven years as an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and as an associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Justice Department, focusing on computer crime and privacy issues.

He has argued 18 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues including employment law, the First Amendment, criminal law and administrative procedure. He also has been the lead author of dozens of briefs to the high court, and has filed briefs or argued matters in 10 different federal appeals courts.

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  • mweeks7

    Please investigate why Anthem Blue Cross for employees on HMO and or PPO is sending letters to all subscribers that starting January 2014 they will be assigned a private doctor in their general area – a doctor that they might not want and even at a distance from them – that they have to go to, like it or not! That if they are currently getting care from Sutter they cannot keep that care or doctor, and that they cannot go to UCD, or Sutter, or Mercy doctors or hospitals for their healthcare!!!

  • Elwood

    “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” –Our Feckless Leader

    Every Obama promise is a lie.

  • mweeks7

    Sorry Fr it has nothing to do with Obama, it has to do with the heakth insurance company.