Paul Clement, the current Solicitor General of the U.S. (the nation’s top appellate lawyer) and barely-forty-year old, has agreed to serve as acting AG until a permanent successor to Alberto Gonzales is confirmed.

Just a brief rundown of General Clement’s qualifications, which may make him the most legally-qualified person to ever hold the AG title, albeit temporarily (and excluding Tom C. Clark, who though later was appointed as a SCOTUS Justice, did not have the C.V. when he was appointed AG that Clement does now):

(1) summa cum laude graduate from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University, and magna cum laude graduate from Harvard Law School where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review; (2) clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the D.C. Circuit, and for SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia; and (3) has argued over forty (40) cases before SCOTUS.

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His name also appears on the short list of those who might supplant AG Gonzales permanently, including former SG Ted Olson.

Thx to the WSJ Law Blog

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