Bellwood Memorial Lecture
The University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar are proud to announce the 2022 Bellwood Memorial Lecture featuring featuring United States Solicitor General Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar.
When Justice is Done: Representing the United States in the Supreme Court
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
5:00 p.m. (MDT)
JUMP, Pioneer Room
1000 Myrtle Street
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
3:30 p.m. (PDT)
Pitman Center, International Ballroom
Lecture webcast: www.uidaho.edu/live
About Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar
Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar is the 48th Solicitor General of the United States and serves as the fourth-ranking individual at the Department of Justice. As Solicitor General, she is responsible for conducting and supervising all Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the United States. The Solicitor General also determines whether appeals will be taken by the federal government to all appellate courts and whether the federal government will file an amicus curiae brief or intervene in any appellate court. The Solicitor General additionally assists the Attorney General in the development of broad Department program policy.
Ms. Prelogar has devoted her career to Supreme Court and appellate advocacy. She has argued 14 cases in the Supreme Court in a variety of areas, including constitutional law, administrative law, environmental regulation, criminal law, and antitrust. In the most recent Supreme Court term, she delivered oral argument in cases concerning state-law prohibitions of abortion (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and United States v. Texas); the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test requirement (National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor); the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants (West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency); and the rescission of the Migrant Protection Protocols (Biden v. Texas).
Ms. Prelogar previously served in multiple roles at the Department of Justice. Before her confirmation as Solicitor General, she served as Acting Solicitor General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General for nearly seven months. She also served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General from 2014 to 2019. In that capacity, she briefed and argued multiple cases in the Supreme Court and helped formulate the government’s appellate strategy in lower courts. During her prior tenure as a career attorney at the Department, she also was detailed to Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction-of-justice issues, where she served as an Assistant Special Counsel.
Ms. Prelogar was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and graduated from Boise High School. She received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Emory University and a master’s degree in creative writing with distinction from the University of St. Andrews. She subsequently spent a year living and studying in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a Fulbright Fellow. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was an Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Prelogar clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She then completed consecutive Supreme Court clerkships for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan. After her clerkships, she worked as an associate in the appellate group at Hogan Lovells LLP. She later became a partner at Cooley LLP, where she focused on appellate litigation. Ms. Prelogar devoted substantial time to pro bono litigation while in private practice and also served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she co-taught a course on Supreme Court and appellate advocacy.
Ms. Prelogar was nominated by President Joe Biden on August 11, 2021, was confirmed by the United States Senate and received her commission on October 28, 2021, and was sworn in by Attorney General Garland the next day. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two young sons.
About the Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures
The Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures bring prominent and highly regarded local, regional and national leaders to the state of Idaho and the University of Idaho campus. Students have the opportunity to discuss, examine and debate a wide-range of subjects related to the justice system.
Throughout his distinguished career, Judge Sherman J. Bellwood was committed to the legal profession and to legal education. In one of his last and most generous contributions to legal education, Judge Bellwood endowed the Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures at the College of Law. According to the terms of his will, Judge Bellwood's purpose in establishing this endowment was "to enable the College of Law to invite and present persons learned in the law to lecture on legal subjects from time to time." This endowment is the largest endowed lectureship at the University of Idaho.