U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who grew up in Wilton, will step down from his position, according to a statement issued earlier today, June 2, by the White House.
Verrilli ascended to this position June 9, 2011, after a legal career in private practice as a litigator specializing in telecommunications, media and the First Amendment.
As solicitor general, Verrilli has argued some of the highest-profile cases of recent history before the U.S. Supreme Court. They include the Affordable Care Act and the Defense of Marriage Act, and later helped persuade the Supreme Court to extend constitutional protections for same-sex marriage. Earlier this year he defended President Obama’s executive order preventing the deportation of more than four million people who are in the U.S. illegally. A decision is expected by the end of this month.