Mr. Trump picked Noel Francisco yesterday (March 7), currently the acting Solicitor General, to become the government's lawyer in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other FilAm attorney up for the job was George Conway, husband of Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway. Because of her close ties to Trump and other members of the White House staff, it was thought that her husband would have a sllight edge over the other half-dozen candidates.
Prior to his nomination Francisco, until this year was a partner at the Jones Day law firm and a former Justice Department official under George W. Bush.
The 47-year-old Francisco, who would be the nation's 47th solicitor general, has been filling the vacancy in that office since being named principal deputy solicitor general in January.
Francisco has well-established conservative credentials. He represented the Noel Canning Corporation in its successful challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. He also represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a successful First Amendment challenge to a federal regulation requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warnings on cigarette packages; the Free Enterprise Fund in a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; and the International Coal Group in connection with a congressional investigation into the January 2, 2006 Sago Mine accident in Sago, West Virginia.
Francisco was raised in Oswego, N.Y. He received his B.A. with honors in 1991 from the University of Chicago. He received his J.D. with high honors in 1996 from the University of Chicago Law School.
After law school, Francisco served as a law clerk first for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.