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We have some sad information to report out of the D.C. lawful neighborhood, where a single of the founding companions of a large-powered boutique a short while ago handed absent. William Consovoy, 48, made his mark amid conservatives by means of his litigation attempts at Consovoy McCarthy and Wiley Rein.

The agency did not mention a induce of death, but it is regarded that Consovoy had been diagnosed with mind cancer about two a long time back. He was unable to argue a challenge to affirmative motion prior to the Supreme Courtroom this past drop thanks to his cure.

Consovoy, who once served as a clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, led the Supreme Court docket Clinic at his alma mater, the Antonin Scalia Legislation University at George Mason University, for a lot more than a ten years. He argued two situations prior to the Supreme Courtroom (Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins and Evenwel v. Abbott), briefed in other people, like Shelby County v. Holder (a successful assault on voting rights) and Learners for Honest Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (what is possible to be a effective assault on affirmative action), and was element of the litigation staff in others nevertheless (Fisher v. College of Texas at Austin). Prior to his demise, Consovoy had even represented Donald Trump in the previous president’s battle to defend his tax returns from Congress.

Consovoy McCarthy printed a assertion in a memoriam on PR Newswire:

“Most of the authorized community appreciates of Will for the reason that of his outstanding analytical intellect. With excellent purpose. He was an extremely competent writer and between the best advocates of his technology. And he was widely respected all over the lawful environment for his exceptional ability as a litigation strategist,” said Tom McCarthy, co-founder of the organization. “But to these lucky adequate to rely him as a mate, Will was so a lot much more than that. He had a huge coronary heart and was the most faithful of good friends. Constantly placing others’ interests before his personal, Will went out of his way to help a close friend or loved ones member in need to have. He beloved to make other people today smile—and cherished even more to make them giggle. It is his appreciate, loyalty, and laughter that we will miss most of all.”

We below at Earlier mentioned the Regulation would like to prolong our condolences to William Consovoy’s family members, pals, and colleagues in the course of this complicated time.

In Memoriam — William S. Consovoy [PR Newswire]
Consovoy McCarthy Founding Husband or wife Dead at 48 [National Law Journal]

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Previously mentioned the Law, where she’s labored considering that 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so you should sense cost-free to e-mail her with any recommendations, thoughts, feedback, or critiques. You can comply with her on Twitter or link with her on LinkedIn.