Kagan's Qualifications: Solicitor General-designate Elena Kagan is widely considered a top-notch administrator and a brilliant scholar, but she has never argued a case before the Supreme Court or any other appellate court. Tony Mauro reports that her selection by President-elect Barack Obama runs counter to the decades-long trend of specialization at the Court's bar, and represents something of a return to an earlier era when solicitors general, including Robert Bork, had relatively little experience.
Room to Stretch: Heller Ehrman has dissolved. Other firms are shrinking. One side effect, reports Marisa McQuilken, is a glut of office space formerly occupied by some of the District's big law firms. A number of spaces are move-in ready, featuring already-installed IT networks, and some firms are looking to sub-let space. As for Heller, its landlord is suing to try to recover unpaid rent.
Holder Wants Justice: Attorney General-designate Eric Holder Jr. appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing, set to begin Thursday. Joe Palazzolo and David Ingram point out 12 things to look for, including debate over Clinton-era pardons, Holder's stance on whether waterboarding is torture, and the make-up of the committee itself.