Tribute to the Honorable Rex E. Lee Solicitor General of the United States 1981-85
Appellate advocacy is rarely a solo practice. Trial lawyers' intimate knowledge of the record often makes them invaluable in preparing a case for appeal. Rex E. Lee's ability to work with other lawyers made him an exceptional appellate advocate. In addition, his appreciation for teamwork influenced how he ran the office of the Solicitor General. Lee required every legal assistant to advise lawyers about every edit or change to arguments and briefs that the assistants found necessary. Lee treated the offices under the Solicitor General as clients rather than subordinates.