February 19, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 11
Former Clinton Appointee to Speak at Law Commencement
Walter Dellinger, a distinguished professor at Duke University and highly regarded appellate advocate, will be the featured speaker at the 2004 Law School Commencement on Friday, May 28, at the Boston College Newton Campus.
Dellinger, the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke and head of appellate practice at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC, served as acting solicitor general for the 1996-97 term of the United States Supreme Court. During his tenure, he argued nine cases before the court, the most by any solicitor general in more than 20 years. His arguments included cases dealing with physician-assisted suicide, the line item veto, the cable television act, the Brady Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the constitutionality of remedial services for parochial school children.
"Walter Dellinger has had a remarkable career," said BC Law School Dean John H. Garvey. "He has argued some of the most important cases before the Supreme Court in the last decade. He's a very influential figure in the profession. I am very pleased that our graduating class will have the chance to hear what he has to say."
Prior to his appointment as acting solicitor general, Dellinger served in numerous other capacities in the Clinton administration. In 1993, he was appointed by the president to be assistant attorney general and head of the Office of Legal Counsel. During his three years in the position, he served as the department's principal legal advisor to the US attorney general and the president. Dellinger issued opinions on a wide variety of issues, including the president's authority to deploy United States forces in Haiti and Bosnia, affirmative action, religious activity in public schools and a major review of separation of powers questions.
He also provided extensive legal advice on questions arising from the shutdown of the federal government during 1995-96, national debt ceiling issues, and loan guarantees for Mexico.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale University Law School, Dellinger clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black during the court's 1968-69 term. He has published articles on constitutional issues for scholarly journals including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Duke Law Journal, and has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, New Republic and Newsweek.
-Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon •