Delery has been through a whirlwind of jobs with Justice since the beginning of the Obama administration. He arrived as chief of staff to David Ogden, the initial deputy attorney general, but outlasted his former colleague from the law firm WilmerHale. Delery soon became associate deputy attorney general, and from there he moved on to become a direct adviser to Holder, as a senior counselor. Now he has risen through the ranks to become acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division—the epicenter of government-related litigation. The Civil Division defends the administration and the president in lawsuits; it also initiates legal action. The division has more than 1,000 attorneys, Delery said last year. The wide range of cases include defending congressional statutes and administration policies, and protecting the government against liability claims. In his post, Delery approves lawsuit settlements and oversees investigations before they go to court. Delery, still only 44, graduated from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, and he clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Sandra Day O'Connor. Before joining the administration, he spent his professional career at WilmerHale, where worked on major investigations.