Hampton Dellinger, nominated to serve as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department

U.S. Senate confirms Dellinger to head DOJ office with judicial nominees role

(Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Hampton Dellinger to lead the Justice Division’s Office of Authorized Coverage, placing him in a key place that features advising the Biden administration on federal judicial nominees.

The Senate accepted the nomination of the previous Boies Schiller Flexner associate on a 53-37 vote. He beforehand served as North Carolina deputy legal professional basic and chief authorized counsel for the state’s governor, Mike Easley.

The 54-year-old is the son of Walter Dellinger, an O’Melveny & Myers associate who held the identical place throughout former President Invoice Clinton’s administration and went on to turn into the performing solicitor basic.

The Office of Authorized Coverage develops and implements the Justice Division’s coverage initiatives, coordinates all laws from the division and assists in recommending candidates for federal judgeships.

Throughout a listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Republicans questioned Dellinger about his previous statements in assist of abortion rights, criticism of Supreme Court docket rulings, and his potential role in advancing judicial nominees.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana cited a 2019 tweet wherein Dellinger mentioned if “there were no Republican men in elected office, there would be no abortion bans.” Kennedy mentioned it recommended anti-abortion lawmakers had been “misogynistic.”

“Do you believe in God?” Kennedy requested. “Did it ever occur to you that some people may base their position on abortion on their faith?”

Dellinger responded that he appreciated that “people have a different position on abortion.”

He mentioned if confirmed to the Justice Division place he would play an essential however restricted role in analyzing potential nominees’ backgrounds and {qualifications} and that his precedence can be to guarantee nominees had “integrity.”

Dellinger’s authorized profession began with a clerkship on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals. He went on to work at regulation companies WilmerHale; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice (now Womble Bond Dickinson); Robinson Bradshaw; and Boies Schiller.

He joined Boies Schiller in 2013 and left in November 2020, one in every of dozens of companions to depart from the litigation agency that 12 months, and launched his personal agency, the Legislation Agency of Hampton Dellinger.

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