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When Supreme Court justices talk about the day they were nominated, many say it was like being struck by lightning. Glen Nager, the head of the issues and appeals practice at Jones Day in Washington, who knows a thing or two about the high court, used the same analogy to describe his Feb. 4 election as general counsel of the U.S. Golf Association. “I feel like a kid in a toy store,” says Nager, 47. He was approached by the association last year and nominated last summer. Already, says Nager, more than one top government lawyer has offered to trade jobs with him. What does the job entail? The association has more than 300 employees and dozens of contracts with television networks and golf courses, so he will work with in-house and outside counsel on the full range of employment, contract, and real estate issues. He’ll also participate in the USGA’s role in setting rules for the game in conjunction with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland. Nager has played golf on and off since childhood, but he only got serious about it a decade ago. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, for whom he clerked, sponsored him for membership at the Chevy Chase Club, and he plays golf with her about once a year. Nager says the job fits in with his firm’s goal of community involvement for its lawyers. “The job has no pay and will take about one-third of my time,” he says. “But I am hoping there are perks.”
Tony Mauro can be contacted at [email protected].

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