Don Verrilli on Supreme Court’s ‘Dangerous Empty Seat’

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. published an article in TIME on Oct. 13, 2016 about the legal issues left in the balance by the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

Featured in the magazine’s “Issues Issue,” Mr. Verrilli identifies several significant legal challenges on which the ninth Justice will likely case a decisive vote, including Citizens United, a case involving campaign-finance laws and the influence of money in politics; the decision whether cities and states can regulate the possession and use of firearms; and a range of laws affecting women’s rights and health.

“As vital as those individual questions are to our nation’s future, however, something even more profound is on the line in this election: the public’s faith in the Supreme Court as an institution of law and not politics,” writes Mr. Verrilli, underscoring the lasting consequences of the denial by Senate Republicans to give current nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland a hearing.

Mr. Verrilli is the founder of Munger Tolles’ Washington, D.C., office whose practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy. One of the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates, Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016.