Theodore Bevry Olson
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Olson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific. After earning his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan administration and then entered private practice as a partner in the Washington, DC office of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
From 1986-1988, Olson was investigated by Independent Counsel Alexia Morrison. He challenged the constitutionality of the special prosecutor's office, arguing that it was in effect an unchecked fourth branch of the federal government, but the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality in Morrison v. Olson.
Olson is considered on the short list of candidates to be nominated for appointment to the United States Supreme Court by George W. Bush to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's post.