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Best of 2004: Kannon Shanmugam

Keep an eye out for this rising legal star from Kansas.

Heartland to High Court. Kansan Kannon Shanmugam is not in Kansas anymore. Besides two degrees from Harvard and one from Oxford, he has two clerkships under his belt–one with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia–and four years at Kirkland & Ellis, where he worked on the campaign-finance challenge Kenneth Starr argued before the high court last year. In June, Shanmugam, 32, joined the Office of the Solicitor General and is awaiting his first argument before the Supreme Court–likely to happen soon.

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.