William S. Consovoy, a prominent conservation attorney who grew up in Florham Park, died Jan. 9 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. . He was 48 years old.
Consovoy is the son of Andrew Consovoy, a former top aide to Gov. Thomas H. Kean and was an artist of the Kean Award in 1985. His late grandfather, George B. Consovoy, was mayor of Franklin Township in Somerset County from 1960 to 1963 and was chairman of the GOP.
She worked as a law clerk for Judge Edith Jones of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
As a lawyer, Consovoy helped challenge the University of Texas’ use of race in admissions, and in Shelby v. Holder, The Bill of Rights. He defended Georgia’s heartbeat law to ban abortions at six weeks, Kansas’ decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood, and Alabama’s proposal to stop the renewal of the Legal Rights.
He was set to argue a challenge to Harvard University’s policy last year, when ill health forced him to withdraw.
After working at Riley Rein, he founded his own law firm, Consovoy McCarthy, based in Arlington, Virginia. He represented the Republican National Committee and other members of the GOP and argued several times before the United States Supreme Court. He tried to stop California from sending ballots by mail to all voters, as well as Florida’s proposal to re-enroll felons and Wisconsin’s efforts to extend VBM deadlines.
Consovoy represented President Donald Trump in his effort to stop congressional committees from receiving tax cuts.
He graduated from Monmouth University before becoming part of the first graduating class of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.