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Justice Antonin Scalia’s former law clerks continue to get the attention of the White House — the latest being Judge Mark Filip of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, who was nominated last week by President George W. Bush to be the next deputy attorney general. He follows in the footsteps of another former Scalia clerk — Solicitor General Paul Clement — to reach the upper tier of the Justice Department. In fact, Clement and Filip, both 41, clerked together and are close friends. Filip was nominated in 2003 by Bush to the federal judgeship in Chicago and was confirmed the following year. Before that, he was a partner at the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for five years. Filip volunteered as a Republican election monitor in Florida during the 2000 election and donated $2,000 to the Bush campaign after the president nominated him for the judgeship in 2003. From 1995 to 1999, Filip was a prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Filip will replace Craig Morford, who has been acting deputy attorney general since August and whose future is uncertain. Filip could not be reached for comment. The president nominated four others for Justice Department posts last week. They are: U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor of Connecticut for the post of associate attorney general; Gregory Katsas to be the next assistant attorney general for the Civil Division; Grace Chung Becker, a deputy chief in the Civil Rights Division, to head that division; and Nathan Hochman to run the Tax Division. Meanwhile, Attorney General Michael Mukasey tapped Brett Gerry, who has been acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy, as his chief of staff.
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez can be contacted at [email protected].

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