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The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term begins on Oct. 2. Noel Francisco, newly confirmed as U.S. solicitor general, has just days to prepare.

Of course, it’s likely Francisco, formerly a top appellate lawyer at Jones Day, hasn’t been thinking about the cases and issues that the justices will confront—and he will argue—this term. Francisco had been sidelined since his nomination—serving not as acting solicitor general but rather as senior adviser to the associate attorney general. Former Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jeffrey Wall had led the SG’s office on briefing in the high court.

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