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 Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C., office. He served as the Solicitor General of the United States from 2001 to 2004 and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Reagan Administration. He has argued fifty-eight cases before the Supreme Court, including Bush v. Gore and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
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.