The recent departure from the U.S. solicitor general’s office of several female lawyers—most recently Elizabeth Prelogar—has left only four women out of 16 assistant positions in the office.

With the U.S. Supreme Court bar dominated by men, the solicitor general’s office has long played an important role as a source of talented female attorneys. Lawyers including Lisa Blatt, Deanne Maynard, Beth Brinkmann, Ilana Eisenstein, Elaine Goldenberg, Nicole Saharsky and now Prelogar have gone on to become Supreme Court practitioners and appellate practice leaders at major law firms.

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