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Attorney Donald B. Verrilli

Attorney Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will argue on behalf of the White House in opposing DOMA. He will also join in the arguments against Prop. 8. Verrilli, a graduate of Yale and Columbia Law School, clerked for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Verrilli went from private practice to the Justice Department in 2009 and became deputy counsel to the president in the White House in 2010. He was named solicitor general in 2011. Roberta Kaplan, not pictured, will also argue in opposition to DOMA, on behalf of a lesbian whose spouse died in 2009. She has been representing gay couples in New York attempting to marry or obtain federal benefits since at least 2006.Mark Wilson / Getty Images