It’s official: Well-known Bay Area lawyer Tony West is President Obama’s nominee to head up the Justice Department’s civil division.
A former federal prosecutor in the Northern District, West would leave his partnership at Morrison & Foerster to take over a sprawling portfolio at main Justice: the civil division includes a fraud section (which handles a booming health care docket), tort lawyers and immigration lawyers. West will oversee at least 750 attorneys, plus staff, according to the department’s web site.
Folks in Northern California’s federal bar had expected West — one of Obama’s biggest California fundraisers — to decamp to Washington, D.C., especially after West’s wife, Maya Harris, accepted a job with the Ford Foundation in New York City. West was traveling Thursday and did not return a message.
A few things strike Legal Pad as intriguing:
(Which we’ll discuss after the jump:)