Donald B. Verrilli Jr. Former Solicitor General of the United States
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., a former law clerk to United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit J. Skelly Wright and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., is an acclaimed American lawyer and courtroom advocate.
Verrilli has argued 50 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Following two decades in private law practice, he served in the Obama Administration as Associate Deputy Attorney General, then as Deputy White House Counsel, and then as Solicitor General of the U.S.
As Solicitor General, Verrilli, among other highlights, successfully defended the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the constitutional protection of marriage equality. Since 2016, Verrilli has been a partner in Munger, Tolles & Olson, handling matters before the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals and representing and counseling clients on litigation, regulatory, and public policy problems. He is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School.
Chautauqua Institution’s Robert H. Jackson Lecture is named in honor of the former Chautauquan, Jamestown lawyer, New Dealer, Solicitor General, Attorney General, Supreme Court justice, and Nuremberg chief prosecutor. Every summer the Jackson Lecture is a leading expert discussing the Supreme Court, the Justices, signal decisions, and related legal developments.
Chautauqua’s previous Jackson Lecturers have been Geoffrey Stone (2005), Linda Greenhouse (2006), Seth Waxman (2007), Jeffrey Toobin (2008), Paul Clement (2009), Jeff Shesol (2010), Dahlia Lithwick (2011), Pamela Karlan (2012), Charles Fried (2013), Akhil Amar (2014), Laurence Tribe (2015), Tracey Meares (2016), Judge Jon O. Newman (2017), and Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of Canada’s Supreme Court (2018).
Verrilli was, following Seth Waxman, Paul Clement, and Charles Fried, the fourth former U.S. Solicitor General to give Chautauqua’s Jackson Lecture.
(Note: This biography was up-to-date as of the date of the lecture. Biographies are not updated over time.)