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The tradition continues. Gregory Garre, a partner at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, has been named the next principal deputy solicitor general — the third former Rehnquist law clerk to serve in that position and the second Hogan appellate advocate to take the job. The others were Donald Ayer, now a partner at Jones Day, and John Roberts Jr., the former Hogan partner now up for confirmation as chief justice. All three were among William Rehnquist’s pallbearers last week. The appointment was announced to SG staff Sept. 2. “I don’t think there’s any greater honor as a lawyer and a citizen than representing the United States before the Supreme Court,” said Garre, 40, late Friday. He said “it wasn’t even a close call” to decide to take the steep pay cut involved. It’s a return trip to the SG’s office for Garre, who was an assistant there from 2000 to 2004 before he was hired to head the appellate practice at Hogan. David Hensler, a director of Hogan’s litigation group, said that the firm will continue to have a strong appellate presence despite losing Garre, though “we will consider other options to enhance the group, as always.” The principal deputy is also known as the “political deputy,” meaning it is a political rather than a civil service appointment — though how political the job really is has long been debated. Garre clerked for Rehnquist in 1992 and practiced at Hogan before his first stint at the SG’s office. Garre worked closely with Roberts at Hogan, and in a 2004 interview said, “John taught me the discipline you need.” Garre has argued 11 times before the high court. Other Supreme Court veterans have noticed. “Even among the �regulars’ of the Supreme Court Bar, I have seen few people prepare briefs and arguments with the thoroughness and depth that seem to be Greg’s trademark,” says Roy Englert Jr. of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner. Since Roberts was nominated to the Court, Garre has spoken widely on his behalf, joining a Progress for America pro-Roberts “barnstorming” tour last month. Roberts’ links to Garre and to Hogan are close enough, several advocates said Friday, that Roberts might face recusal issues early on when Garre or Hogan attorneys go before the Court. Garre declined to comment on the matter.
Tony Mauro can be contacted at [email protected].

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