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SCOTUSblog: The Lives They Lived and The Court They Shaped: Remembering Those We Lost in 2022December 31, 2022
SCOTUSblog honored the lives of individuals we lost in 2022 who had profound impacts on the US Supreme Court. Walter Dellinger, who argued 24 times before the nation’s high court, passed away last February. Dellinger served as acting solicitor general for President Bill Clinton, was a longtime faculty member at Duke Law School, and founded the appellate practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Shortly before his death, Dellinger authored an essay in The New York Times that praised the Biden Administration’s pledge to elect a Black woman to the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court exercises immense power to issue decisions that affect and bind all Americans,” Dellinger wrote. “For that power to be legitimate, and for Americans to continue placing faith in the court, its members must be representative of all of America.”
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