Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rutledge names solicitor general, a supporter of same-sex marriage

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click to enlarge LEE RUDOFSKY
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the hiring of Lee Rudofsky as the state's first solicitor general. Many states have such a position for the person viewed as the state's top litigator on appellate matters, particularly in multistate litigation.

Rudofsky has been assistant general counsel at Walmart. He's a Republican, a member of the Federalist Society and a Google search turns up a piece he wrote on mountain top removal for coal mining among other work on environmental topics.  But there's also this: He joined a list of Republicans who signed a 2013 brief in support of same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. Good thing that case is over. His new boss took a contrary view.

CORRECTION: Though the 2015 legislature created this position, an institution in the law with a better memory than this old institution reminds me that the state has had someone with the title of solicitor general before. It was R. B. Friedlander, and she served during the tenure of Steve Clark. Don't take my word for it. You can see her listed as solicitor general in this 1990 opinion.

Rutledge's release:

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the hiring of Lee Rudofsky as the State’s first solicitor general. Rudofsky comes to the Attorney General’s Office from Walmart where he has served as an assistant general counsel since 2014.

“I am truly excited to welcome Lee as the State’s first solicitor general,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise from the public and private sectors, as well as being one of the top litigators in the country. Arkansas was one of only a few States without a solicitor general, and as part of my commitment to make the Attorney General’s Office the top law firm in the State, I felt the position was needed to assist with the growing number of large multi-state consumer protection cases and the increasing appellate matters at the State and national levels. Lee is a highly respected attorney across the legal profession, and the State is truly fortunate that he has chosen to bring his talents to the Attorney General’s Office. I am confident that he will work every day to uphold the rule of law and improve the lives of Arkansans.”

“I am humbled by the confidence of Attorney General Rutledge,” said Solicitor General Rudofsky. “I look forward to joining Attorney General Rutledge as she protects Arkansans from criminals and scam artists and pushes back against an overreaching federal government. It is an honor to serve Arkansans as the State’s first solicitor general.”

Rudofsky, a native of New York, is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration from Cornell University in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Prior to assuming the role of assistant general counsel for Walmart, Rudofsky spent several years at the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP litigating complex commercial and constitutional cases. In 2009, while at Kirkland & Ellis, Rudofsky was an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law where he taught a seminar on environmental and administrative law. In 2012, he served as deputy general counsel for Romney for President Inc. He was also deputy general counsel to the Steve Poizner for Governor 2010 campaign. His clerkships have included the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Office of Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts and Office of Counsel to the President of the United States during the George W. Bush administration. Rudofsky currently resides in Bentonville, but he will be relocating to the central Arkansas area soon.

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