Jones Tamm 2003
Judge William B. Jones & Judge Edward A. Tamm
Judicial Lecture Series
September 16, 2003
Theodore B. Olson
Solicitor General of the United States
Dean E. Edwin Eck
Robert S. Bennett, Esq.
Hon. Jack D. Shanstrom
Theodore B. Olson is the 42nd Solicitor General of the United States. He was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2001 . He took his oath of office on June 11, 2001.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was educated in public schools in California. He received his bachelor's degree cum laude from the University of the Pacific at Stockton, California, and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
Mr. Olson served President Reagan as Assistant Attorney Ceneral for the Office of the Legal Counsel from 1981 to 1984. Before being named to that post, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practiced constitutional, media, commercial, and appellate litigation. After completing his service as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Olson returned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, in its Washington, D.C. office, engaging in the practice of constitutional and appellate law and general litigation.
Mr. Olson has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 14 while in private practice and 18 while serving in government, including constitutional and federal statutory cases involving copyright law, school vouchers, the internet, the 2000 census, property rights, punitive damages, telecommunications, criminal law, immigration, federal securities regulation, the right to a jury trial, due process, voting rights, equal protection, the ex post facto clause, and the First Amendment. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.