Biden nominates Mueller deputy Elizabeth Prelogar for US solicitor general

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President Biden nominated Elizabeth Prelogar to be the next US solicitor general at the Department of Justice, the White House announced Wednesday morning.

Prelogar has been serving as the acting solicitor since January and will continue as the permanent solicitor if confirmed by the Senate.

The Idaho-born attorney was involved in then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, serving as assistant special counsel.

Prelogar, whose role as solicitor general will include arguing cases before the Supreme Court, has extensive judicial experience, having clerked for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Prior to that, the Harvard Law graduate clerked for current Attorney General Merrick Garland when he was a D.C. Circuit Court judge. She has also taught Supreme Court and appellate advocacy at Harvard Law.

Prelogar also has private practice experience, serving as a partner at the law firm Cooley and an associate at Hogan Lovells. She has a masters in creative writing from University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a bachelors degree in English and Russian from Emory University. She was also a Fulbright fellow in St. Petersburg, Russia.

According to a bio on Harvard’s website, Prelogar was an articles editor for the Harvard Law Review and a national moot court champion. She was also Miss Idaho in 2004 and in that capacity she toured schools across the state discussing sensitivity to those with disabilities.

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