WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden has decided to appoint acting Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar to the office, according to a White House official familiar with the decision.
Prelogar has served in this position since January – the fourth-ranking attorney in the Justice Department – and has tried two cases before the Supreme Court in his last term. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, as the decision to elect Prelogar as head of the office representing the government before the Supreme Court has not yet been officially announced.
Prelogar is a seasoned appellate attorney who served as Assistant to the Attorney General from 2014 to 2019. If confirmed, she would only be the second woman to head the Attorney General’s office on a permanent basis. The other – Elena Kagan, who was Attorney General from 2009 to 2010 – now sits in the Supreme Court.
During her previous tenure in the Justice Department, Prelogar served as Mueller’s assistant special investigator in the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
She was also a partner at Cooley LLP and an associate at Hogan Lovells, and has taught a course on Supreme Court and Appeals Attorney at Harvard Law School.
After graduating from law school, Prelogar worked for Judge Merrick Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She then served as trainee lawyers at the Supreme Court for Judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kagan. After her legal clerkship, she joined Hogan Lovells in their Supreme Court and Appellation Practice.
Prelogar earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before going to law school. She studied English and Russian as a Bachelor at Emory University.
She lived for a year in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied press censorship on a Fulbright scholarship. As Miss Idaho in 2004, Prelogar also spent a year traveling to classrooms in Idaho to raise awareness of the sensitivity of people with disabilities.
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