The Justice Department on Friday
announced the promotion of Stuart F. Delery to acting associate
The Senate last August confirmed Delery
as the department's assistant attorney general for the Civil
Friday's promotion makes Delery the
highest-ranking openly gay person to serve in the Justice Department.
HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow
applauded the move.
“With an extensive amount of
experience in his role as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil
Division, as well as his role leading the team of lawyers
coordinating the government-wide implementation of the Windsor
decision, Delery is an exceptionally qualified leader who is
committed to justice,” said Warbelow. “The nation should take
pride in knowing we have such a fine public servant.”
According to a Justice Department bio,
Delery graduated from Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.
He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and
Byron R. White and for Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.