Noel Francisco, until this year a partner at the Jones Day law firm and a former Justice Department official under George W. Bush, was nominated by President Trump on Tuesday as solicitor general of the United States.
Notably, Francisco stepped aside from a related case early on because his former law firm had filed a brief opposing the president's executive order. "He is as easy to work with as he is persuasive to the courts., He can advance controversial issues without annoying the other side and even people who disagree with him in principal uniformly like him as a person".
Trump has tapped Fil-Am Noel Francisco to be his Solicitor General.
Francisco quickly found himself in the midst of a prominent case as acting solicitor general when he had to take the government's side in arguing that Trump's travel ban should be implemented. In an unanimous vote, 8-0, the Supreme Court overturned the lower courts' convictions.
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Francisco, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, argued three U.S. Supreme Court cases while he was at Jones Day-McDonnell v.
As the government's main advocate before the high court, the solicitor general exercises a significant degree of legal independence. Bob McDonnell in a case concerning the scope of a federal anti-corruption law, where he secured a unanimous ruling in the disgraced governor's favor.
If Francisco is confirmed by the Senate, there will be at least 3 Filipino Americans serving in high profile positions in President Trump's administration.
Among the luminaries to have held the solicitor general's job were President William Howard Taft; Supreme Court justices Robert Jackson, Thurgood Marshall and Elena Kagan; Archibald Cox, who served as Watergate special prosecutor during Richard Nixon's presidency; Robert Bork, who fired Cox in the 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre" and whose Supreme Court nomination was defeated in 1987; and Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose probe almost brought down President Bill Clinton. Less clear is why this position requires Senate confirmation at all.