As Ohio solicitor in 2015, Murphy urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Ohio’s controversial voter-purge law and argued that Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage did not violate the U.S. Constitution. By a 5-to-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Constitution protected the rights of same-sex couples wanting to marry.
Murphy is a former law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and a graduate of the University of Chicago law school.
Readler, a former partner in the Columbus law office of Jones Day, has been principal deputy and acting assistant attorney general for the civil division at the Justice Department. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan law school.