Edwin Kneedler

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Edwin Kneedler
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Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler, the former Acting Solicitor General, received the ENRD's Muskie-Chafee Award at a ceremony celebrating the division's 100th anniversary.
Acting Solicitor General of the United States
In office
January 16, 2009 – March 19, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Gregory G. Garre
Succeeded by Elena Kagan
Personal details
Born (1946-01-04) January 4, 1946 (age 70)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Lehigh University
University of Virginia Law School

Edwin S. Kneedler (born January 4, 1946) is a Deputy United States Solicitor General.

Early life and education[edit]

Kneedler attended North Penn High School; he graduated in 1963. Kneedler earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1967 from Lehigh University.[1] He then earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974. From 1974 until 1975, he clerked for Judge James R. Browning on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[2]

Kneedler was admitted to the bar of the state of Oregon in 1975.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In October 1975, Kneedler joined the Office of Legal Counsel in the United States Department of Justice. He then joined the office of the Solicitor General in June 1979. He was appointed a Deputy Solicitor General in 1993.[4] On March 17, 2008, he argued his 100th case before the Supreme Court.[5]

Kneedler became Acting Solicitor General on January 20, 2009, with the expiration of the presidential term of George W. Bush. Kneedler was appointed by Bush on January 16, 2009 to replace Gregory G. Garre, whose term as Solicitor General concluded on January 16, 2009.[6] Kneedler's tenure as Acting United States Solicitor General ended on March 19, 2009, with the confirmation of Elena Kagan.

Kneedler has argued more than 100 cases before the United States Supreme Court.[7]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Gregory G. Garre
Solicitor General of the United States

Succeeded by
Elena Kagan