Jeremy Paris usually works behind the scenes for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As their chief counsel for nominations and for oversight issues, he prepares senators for the confirmation hearings of scores of future federal judges.
Today, he was briefly in the spotlight as he sat behind the committee’s chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
Kagan was speaking about her love of teaching when she looked over Leahy’s left shoulder, saw Paris, and told the committee that one of her former students was present. Other staff members looked over at Paris, who smiled widely, and Leahy glanced back at him.
“We’re doing our best to make Jeremy blush,” Leahy said.
Paris graduated from Harvard Law in 2001 and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, according to a biography from a conference last year on public service. He’s been with the Judiciary Committee since 2005.