By The Hill Staff - 01/27/11 12:30 AM EST
• President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Donald B. Verrilli Jr. as solicitor general of the United States. If confirmed, Verrilli would replace Elena Kagan, who vacated the position after being named to the U.S. Supreme Court. Verrilli currently serves as deputy counsel to the president, and previously served at the Department of Justice as an associate deputy attorney general. Before joining the public sector, Verrilli spent more than 20 years as a litigator in private practice at the D.C. office of the Jenner & Block law firm, focusing on First Amendment, telecommuncations and intellectual property law. He has participated in more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court, arguing in 12. He also spent 15 years as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
• The president will nominate David S. Cohen as under secretary for terrorism and financial crimes within the Department of Treasury. Within that department, Cohen is currently the assistant secretary for terrorist financing, where he is responsible for formulating and coordinating counterterrorist financing and anti-money-laundering efforts. From 2001 to 2009, he worked at the law firm WilmerHale, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and anti-money-laundering counseling. His stint in private practice was preceded by earlier work at the Treasury Department, where he concurrently served as acting deputy general counsel and associate deputy general counsel.