This article discusses the career of Paul Clement, a former Kirkland attorney who worked in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office for nearly three years. Clement became solicitor general in 2005 where he has defended some of the Bush administration's toughest positions, such as the detention of U.S. citizens as enemy combatants in the prosecution of terrorists. Clement has argued more than 40 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is considered a rising star among conservative legal thinkers, who have promoted him as a contender for a future seat on the Supreme Court. Clement is also known for his clear and crisp writing.
"He can write extremely well and very fast," said Tom Yannucci, chairman of the firm's management committee, who worked with Clement in the Washington, D.C., office. "You didn't have to do anything to it when you got it."
This article appeared in its entirety in the August 28, 2007 edition of the Chicago Tribune.