Watch This Guy: Ben Mizer

Today, the Supreme Court did something very important: in a victory for the government, it refused to review a lower court's decision giving the executive branch sole authority to determine when Guantanamo detainees are released and whether they get to come in to the United States. But I'm interested in something else: the solicitor general from the state of Ohio, who made his second argument before the Supreme Court this morning in a very un-sexy case about the Dormant Commerce Clause, comity federal jurisdiction and state tax schemes. His name is Ben Mizer.


He's just 34 years old. He's been the solicitor general for three years. He's a native of New Philadelphia. A local kid made good.  And he's a progressive legal rockstar. His pedigree is impressive, having clerked for a D.C. curcuit judge before clerking for Justice John Paul Stevens. He also spent time at the white shoe Wilmer Hale firm in Washington, so he is familiar to the Washington legal community. At the University of Michigan, he was the editor of the law review.  He's spent time at the Hague, working with the International Criminal Court. When he makes it big, remember where you first heard his name....

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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