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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama today named Elena Kagan as his nominee for Solicitor General. See the announcement.
Kagan currently serves as dean of Harvard Law School. She presided over the adoption of the school's OA mandate last year, the first such policy for a law school. See e.g. her positive comments on the policy here.
Kagan also presided over the successful efforts to lure Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig back to Harvard. See e.g. her warm comments on Lessig and CC from this December 2008 event.
Comment. The Solicitor General represents the federal government in the Supreme Court, files amicus briefs in cases at the appellate level, and decides whether to appeal cases found adversely to the government. Having a friend of OA as Solicitor General is a welcome development, especially if publishers follow through on their threat to file suit against the NIH policy or a future public access policy.
See also our past posts on Obama's nominees for Secretary of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, and President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology co-chairs.