A report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that George Conway will be nominated to head the Justice Department's Civil Division, a position that would see him tasked with leading the defense of President Donald Trump's “travel ban” executive order.
George Conway is the husband of Kellyanne Conway, who previously worked as President Trump's campaign manager and currently serves as counselor to the president.
The Justice Department describes the mission of the Civil Division as:
"[The] Civil Division represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet Officers, and other federal employees in any civil or criminal matter within its scope of responsibility.
The Civil Division’s responsibilities include ensuring the Federal Government speaks with one voice in its view of the law; preserving the intent of Congress; advancing the credibility of the government before the courts; and protecting the public fisc (the U.S. treasury)."
More specifically, the division is responsible for cases that involve national policies, removal of undocumented immigrants, cases that cross multiple different jurisdictions, and cases filed in foreign or national courts.
Currently, George Conway is a partner with the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he has worked in the litigation department since January 1994. The firm describes his experience on their website, saying, “He has extensive experience in securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, contract litigation, antitrust litigation, and other litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels.”
According to his personal page on the firm's website, Conway attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and received his A.B. in 1984. He went on to earn his J.D. at Yale Law School in 1987, where he also served as an editor for the Yale Law Journal.
Above The Law had previously reported that George Conway had made the shortlist for the post of solicitor general, even interviewing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the position.
Bloomberg reported that Conway would be an unusual choice for solicitor general, one who is tasked with arguing on behalf of the United States in front of the Supreme Court, as Conway had only ever argued one case before the court.
If George Conway is ultimately nominated by President Trump as head of the Department of Justice's Civil Division, he would need to be confirmed by the Senate before he could take the office.