Walter Dellinger will have to make room on his wall for one more plaque.
Dellinger, a former Solicitor General, acclaimed legal scholar and adviser to presidents, was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday.
“He is North Carolina’s best friend, legally, that we’ve ever had,” Perdue said during a brief gathering in her office, according to a spokesman.
Pictured above from left are Anne Dellinger (Walter's wife), Dellinger, Perdue, Eddie Speas (legal counsel to Perdue) and Hampton Dellinger (the Dellingers' son and former assistant attorney general).
As Solicitor General during former President Bill Clinton's administration, Dellinger's job was to argue for the government before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, he argued on behalf of the state in a case about the U.S. Census that netted the state an additional seat in Congress.
Dellinger also succesfully defended the state in a lawsuit by other southeastern states over North Carolina’s decision to not open a low-level radioactive waste facility.
Under Clinton, Dellinger also served as an adviser to the president on constitutional issues and as assistant attorney general and head of the Office of Legal Counsel.
Dellinger divides his time between Chapel Hill and Washington, where he's a partner and head of the Appellate Practice at O'Melveny & Myers. He is on leave from his post as Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus at Duke Law School while serving as Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.
UPDATE: Post now corrects Dellinger's current positions.