Battle of the Bush SGs

In preparing for the upcoming Supreme Court term, your blogger couldn’t help noticing that former Bush solicitor general Paul Clement and Gregory Garre are on opposite sides in one of the cases he’ll be following closely: PPL Montana v. Montana.

From today’s Greenwire:

When the Supreme Court hears arguments in an upcoming case on riverbed ownership in Montana, the two advocates opposing each other will both be former solicitors general who served in the George W. Bush administration.

Paul Clement, who served as solicitor general from 2005 to 2008, is representing power company PPL Montana, while Gregory Garre, who succeeded Clement as solicitor general in 2008, will line up on behalf of the state of Montana.

The two men know each other well, reflecting the close-knit nature of the small group of lawyers who argue most of the cases before the high court.

From 2005 to 2008 they worked alongside each other at the solicitor general’s office, with Garre serving as Clement’s deputy. In fact, Clement hand-picked Garre to be his No. 2. Garre left his post in January 2009 upon the election of President Obama.

The Montana case, to be argued Dec. 7, will be the first time the two highly respected Supreme Court advocates have faced off against each other.

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Lawrence Hurley

Reporter based in Washington