Following the Senate's confirmation vote on Monday, Donald Verrilli was quietly sworn in Thursday afternoon as U.S. solicitor general. Lee Lofthus, assistant attorney general for administration, administered the oath.
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was on the road, so a more formal ceremony is planned for next week, but Thursday's swearing-in allowed Verrilli to start work. Beginning today, briefs filed by the office of the solicitor general will bear Verrilli's name.
Neal Katyal, who has been acting solicitor general since predecessor Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court last year, resumes his title as principal deputy solicitor general.