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Theodore B. Olson, JD Biography

Title:
42nd Solicitor General of the United States at the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The [Constitution] does not prohibit civic and ceremonial acknowledgements of the indisputable historical fact of the religious heritage that caused the framers of our Constitution and the signers of the Declaration of Independence to say that they had the right to revolt and start a new country, because although the king was infallible, they believe that God gave them the right to declare their independence when the king has not been living up to the unalienable principles given to them by God.”

Elk Grove School District v. Newdow, Mar. 24, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 42nd Solicitor General of the United States, United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), 2001-2004
  • Represented George W. Bush in the Supreme Court Bush v. Gore case, 2000
  • Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington D.C., 1985-2001
  • Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, 1981-1984
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Education:
  • JD, Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley
  • BA, cum laude, University of the Pacific
Other:
  • Supreme Court defendant in Elk Grove School District v. Newdow