In a news release from the court, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Harris "brings pertinent experience and proven judgment to his new position. I am confident that he will continue the tradition established established by our past clerks of professionalism and dedicated seervice to the bench and bar."
The affable Harris has been counsel to the court for 11 years, a low-profile but important position at the court. As the high court's in-house counsel, he has been involved in a range of legal issues, including routine litigation and disputes over protests on court property. The legal counsel also provides support on "a variety of case-related issues," the news release stated.
Before joining the court staff, Harris was an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C., representing federal agencies in civil litigation. Before that, he was an associate at the firm now known as Wiley Rein. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993.