Today was the last day of scheduled oral arguments during the October 2015 term–and what a wild term it has been! This was also (most likely) the last day of arguments with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the helm. As is the usual tradition, the SG steps down before the term begins in an election year. With this last opportunity to make a motion in a morning coat, Verrilli moved for the admission of his wife, Gail Laster.
Mark Walsh has the report:
When the Justices take the bench, there are a small number of lawyers to be admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. One of them is Gail Laster, the wife of U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. He makes the introduction of his wife, and as usually happens in such cases, everyone chuckles when he says he is satisfied that she has met the necessary qualifications.
What a great story!
Laster is currently the Director of the Office of Consumer Protection at the National Credit Union Administration. She previously served as the General Counsel to the Department of Houston and Urban Development and as counsel to the Senate Judiciary and Labor and Human Resources Committees.