John Elwood, a former law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy and an alum of the U.S. solicitor general’s office, will head Arnold & Porter’s appellate and Supreme Court practice, continuing a “musical chairs” shuffle at the top echelons of the Supreme Court bar.

Known for his rare ability to make analysis of the Supreme Court fun to read, Elwood replaces Lisa Blatt, who left to head Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and appellate practice in February. She succeeded Kannon Shanmugam, who went to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to launch its Supreme Court and appellate team.