Any part of the legal career of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall would have made him a legend. But he often said that serving as solicitor general of the United States (from 1965 to 1967) was the best job he ever had. Three more recent SGs — Paul Clement, Drew Days and Kenneth Starr — concurred Tuesday night at a panel discussion on the role of the SG. Serving “at the crossroads of the separation of power,” said Clement, was a high honor — a sentiment echoed by the others. The SG, Starr said, is part of “a conversation that is continually under way” among the branches of government over their respective powers.

Justice Anthony Kennedy hosted the event held in the Supreme Court chamber, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in the audience along with nearly 200 other history buffs. The former SGs spoke for this year’s “National Heritage Lecture,” an event jointly sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society, the United States Capitol Historical Society and the White House Historical Association. The historical groups take turns hosting the event, and Tuesday’s was at the Court, also co-sponored by the Robert H. Jackson Center.

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