West, 46, will step into the No. 3 position at Justice in two weeks, where he will oversee a broad range of issues, including civil rights, the environment and natural resources, tax and civil litigation.
West first served at Justice in the Clinton administration as a special assistant to the deputy attorney general, then became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California and served in that and a state position there until 2001, when he became a partner at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He represented clients ranging from large corporations to John Walker Lindh, who pleaded guilty to working with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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