The Honorable Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the former United States Solicitor General provides overview and analysis of the past year of Supreme Court decisions.
Theodore B. Olson
Theodore B. Olson is a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. He was US solicitor general from 2001 to 2004 and assistant attorney general from 1981 to 1984. Olson has argued 60 US Supreme Court cases (75 percent successfully), including two Bush v. Gore cases, Citizens United, and the challenge to California's Proposition 8. He serves on the Council of the Administrative Conference and on the boards of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and the National Center for State Courts. Olson has received several prestigious awards; he made TIME magazine's Time 100 list and was one of Huffington Post's 100 Gamechangers.
Ted Olson agrees with predictions that Sonia Sotomayor will be easily confirmed as the Supreme Court's 111th justice. He explains that Republican Senators have historically been more willing to vote in favor of Democratic nominees than Democrats have of Republican nominees.
Ted Olson summarizes one of this term's highest-profile Supreme Court cases, which found that white firefighters from New Haven, Conn. could not be denied promotion because no minority candidates qualified. The ruling overturned the opinion of The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which included Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.