Justice Department official announces resignation
Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, the Department of Justice official in charge of U.S. Supreme Court litigation for the federal government, is resigning his post on June 2.

Clement took office in June 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw just a few Indian law cases that went before the high court, which has not accepted as many Indian law disputes as it has in prior years.

In one of his most recent actions, Clement submitted a brief in Kickapoo Tribe v. Texas that urged the court not to review a key provision of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The case is on the docket, awaiting action by the justices.

He submitted a brief in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long that defended tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indians. The case was heard on March 12.

Clement submitted briefs in Carcieri v. Kempthorne that opposed review of a land-into-trust decision affecting the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island. The justices agreed to take the case anyway and will hear arguments later this fall.

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