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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2014

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to deliver remarks for
King Lecture at New Hampshire Supreme Court

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society announced today that United States Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., will deliver remarks for the 2014 John W. King Memorial Lecture Series. He will also be honored for his distinguished legal career.

Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 5:15pm
Location: New Hampshire Supreme Court, One Charles Doe Drive, Concord

Background on U.S. Solicitor Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.

   Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is the 46th Solicitor General of the United States. He previously served as Deputy Counsel to President Obama and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his government service, he was a partner for many years in Jenner & Block, and co-chaired the firm's Supreme Court practice. Verrilli maintained an active pro bono practice throughout his career in private practice, and received several awards for his efforts. He also taught First Amendment law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School from 1992 through 2008.

   Verrilli received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court. On January 26, 2011, President Obama nominated Verrilli to succeed Elena Kagan as Solicitor General. On June 6, he was confirmed by the Senate in a 72-16 vote.

Background on the John W. King Memorial Lecture Series

   The King Lecture Series was established by the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1999 as an occasion to focus on contemporary legal topics of importance to both the legal community and public servants. The event is seen as an opportunity for the judiciary to strengthen its relationships with the other branches of government, and to the statewide community by providing a forum for sharing ideas about law and society. The series is named in honor of New Hampshire's late Chief Justice John W. King. Prior speakers include: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, then Dean of Harvard Law School Elena Kagan and New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse.

Carole Alfano
Public Information Officer
603-271-2646 ext 2359