George Washington University Law Professor Orin Kerr has signed up with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to work on the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
A spokesman for Cornyn said today that the senator has hired Kerr, who is also a contributor to the popular Volokh Conspiracy blog. (Click here to read Kerr’s initial reaction to the Sotomayor nomination.) Kerr has not yet started, the spokesman said.
Kerr is a specialist in criminal law and has been on the faculty at George Washington since 2001, according to his online biography. He previously worked in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy and, like Sotomayor, went to college at Princeton.
Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and state attorney general, will have a chance to question Sotomayor because he’s a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also has a high profile because he leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the main fundraising and recruitment arm of Senate Republicans.
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