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Who Are the Lawyers Behind the Presidential Bids?


The leading presidential candidates didn’t want to reveal their LSAT scores, but many, especially Republicans, were eager to share the names of their legal advisers.

Slate.com’s Emily Bazelon tried to see who did best on the LSAT, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. She struck out.

On the question of lawyers for the teams, however, she reported the following lineups. Clinton reportedly didn’t get back to her.

Rudy Giuliani:

  • – Ted Olson, former solicitor general
  • – Miguel Estrada, former assistant SG and failed appeals court nominee
  • – Steven Calabresi, one of the Federalist Society founders
  • – Larry Thompson, former deputy attorney general
  • – Maureen Mahoney, former deputy SG
  • – Ron Rotunda of George Mason University
  • – Walter Olson of the Manhattan Institute


Fred Thompson:

  • – Eugene Volokh, of Volokh Conspiracy fame and a prof at UCLA
  • – Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University
  • – Orin Kerr of George Washington University
  • – Todd Zywicki of George Mason University
  • – Victoria Toensing, former counsel to Barry Goldwater


Mitt Romney:

  • – Doug Kmiec, of Pepperdine University
  • – Mary Ann Glendon, of Harvard University
  • – Bradford Berenson, former associate White House counsel for President Bush
  • – Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice
  • – James Bopp Jr., general counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech


John Edwards:

  • – Julius Chambers, former director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • – Elizabeth Warren of Harvard University
  • – Scott Harshbarger, former Massachusetts AG
  • – Peggy McGuinness of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • – Allen Weiner of Stanford University Law School


Barack Obama:

  • – Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago
  • – Laurence Tribe of Harvard University
  • – Eric Holder former deputy AG in the Clinton administration
  • – Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago
  • – Christopher Edley of the University of California, Berkeley
  • – Gary Feinerman, former Illinois solicitor general
  • – Judith Gold of Perkins Coie

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