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Chief Justice Names New AA
Jeffrey P. Minear, senior litigation counsel and assistant to the Solicitor
General, Department of Justice (DOJ), has been selected by Chief Justice John G.
Roberts, Jr., as his new administrative assistant. Minear, 51, began work at the
Supreme Court on September 11, 2006. He succeeds Sally M. Rider, who leaves the
Court to become the director of The William H. Rehnquist Center on the
Constitutional Structures of Government at the University of Arizona.
"I have worked with (and against) Jeff over nearly two decades, and during
that time I have seen first-hand his strong commitment to the Supreme Court as
an institution and his respect for its role in our system of government," the
Chief Justice said in announcing Minear's appointment. "I am delighted that he
has agreed to undertake this important public service."
The administrative assistant serves as the Court's chief of staff and aids
the Chief Justice in his overall management of the Court, provides research in
support of the Chief Justice's public addresses and statements, and monitors
developments in the field of judicial administration and court reform. The
administrative assistant also assists the Chief Justice with his other statutory
responsibilities as head of the Third Branch of government. These include the
Chief Justice's role as presiding officer of the Judicial Conference, chairman
of the board of the Federal Judicial Center, and chancellor of the Smithsonian
Minear was a chemical engineer for Union Carbide Corporation in Texas City,
Texas, from 1977 to 1979. After receiving his master's of science degree in
resource policy and management from the University of Michigan School of Natural
Resources and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982, he held
a one-year appointment as a judicial clerk for Judge Monroe G. McKay (10th
Cir.). Minear then joined the Environment and Natural Resources Division of DOJ,
where he worked on policy, legislative, and appellate matters from 1983 to 1985.
From 1985 to 1998, he was assistant to the Solicitor General, DOJ, responsible
for Supreme Court and appellate litigation focusing on civil, environmental, and
intellectual property issues. In his position as senior litigation counsel,
Minear was responsible for Supreme Court and appellate litigation and for
overseeing the government's participation in all Supreme Court original actions.
Minear has argued 56 cases before the Supreme Court.
Minear has held appointments as a visiting professor at Washington and Lee
University Law School and the University of Utah College of Law. He is currently
an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a
seminar on the history and role of the Office of the Solicitor General.