(AbsoluteNews.com) – Attorney Walter E. Dellinger was as close to a rockstar as one can get when talking about the law profession. The 80-year-old argued multiple cases in front of the Supreme Court. Now, the legend has passed away.
On Wednesday, February 16, pulmonary fibrosis took Dellinger’s life at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He’s remembered as a giant in the law profession. When news broke of Dellinger’s passing, his friends took to social media to mourn him. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said he was very sad to hear of the attorney’s death.
Terribly saddened and shocked to receive the news about the world’s loss of Walter Dellinger, a great lawyer, professor and public servant, a man of old-fashioned decency and integrity. Sending love and strength to his family and colleagues at Duke Law School.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) February 16, 2022
Dellinger was a Yale law graduate and served as the US Assistant Attorney General under former President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1996. During that time, he was in charge of the powerful Office of Legal Counsel. In 1996, he served as the acting US Solicitor General and argued nine cases in front of the high court. He won five of the cases, including two cases where he defended laws prohibiting assisted suicide.
After leaving public office, Dellinger went on to argue several other cases in front of the high court. In 2012, he represented the defendant in the United States v. Jones. The powerful attorney won the landmark Fourth Amendment case and then overruled a warrantless search of a GPS device in Antoine Jones’ Jeep.
Dellinger’s wife, Anne Maxwell, passed away in 2021. The two had two sons together.
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