Hero of the Day: Neal Katyal

As if a year of serving as Acting Solicitor General of the United States weren’t enough, Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. That’s nearly one in ten cases on the High Court’s entire docket. I presume the Court’s docket will expand next year now that there are no more vacancies on its bench, but this is still very impressive. He has a total of 34 oral arguments before the Supreme Court under his belt, most remarkable among them prevailing in the landmark case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. If he gets one more in his career (he’s 47 years old) he will break Thurgood Marshall’s record.

On top of his practice, Katyal teaches at Georgetown Law School (Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and National Security Law), and has several scholarly publications to his credit. He authored what I thought was the most mature reaction of anyone on the left side of America’s political divide to the nomination of Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The honor being the nation’s “top lawyer” rotates and is always up for debate. At the moment, Neal Katyal looks like a must-be-in-the-discussion candidate, at minimum.

Burt Likko

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