NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Drew Saunders Days III!
Drew Saunders Days III, who graduated from New Rochelle High School, turns 75 on Monday.
Days III, a lawyer who served as solicitor general from 1993 to 1996 under President Bill Clinton, was born Aug. 29, 1941. He also served as the first African-American assistant attorney general for the civil rights division in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1980. He is the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law at Yale Law School, assuming that post in 1992 and joining the Yale Law faculty in 1981. Since 1997 he also has headed the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Morrison & Foerster LLP and was counsel at the firm's Washington, D.C. office until his retirement from the firm in December 2011. Days III earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1966. He has been admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the states of Illinois and New York.
In 1993 he was nominated by President Clinton to serve as solicitor general in the Department of Justice. After leaving the Clinton administration, he returned to Yale Law School and private practice. Days III continues to be involved in national and international efforts to resolve social and economic issues — including Hurricane Katrina, poverty alleviation, the environment, and juvenile justice.