Lin, a graduate of Yale Law School, has practiced law since 2003. He's licensed to practice in several federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
At a press conference last month, Morrisey announced Lin's hiring as solicitor general, a new position in the attorney general's office.
Morrisey selected Lin to head a new Office of Federalism and Freedom. The office was established to challenge federal policies that "have a tenuous nexus to law, or the U.S. and West Virginia constitutions," Morrisey said.
Morrisey said the office will target federal laws - such as gun control measures and environmental regulations -- that he believes aren't in West Virginia's best interests.
Before coming to West Virginia, Lin worked as a partner at Wiley Rein, a prestigious Washington law firm. He previously served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He also was a trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department.
"Upon completion of the reciprocity licensure process, Mr. Lin - an individual with impeccable legal credentials - will assume the official title and responsibilities of solicitor general," Ryan said in a statement.
Also Thursday, Morrisey announced that West Virginia has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a gun control case that's before the U.S. Supreme Court. West Virginia becomes the 19th state to file a legal brief in the lawsuit that challenges a New York law that requires gun owners to show a particular need to obtain a permit to carry weapons outside their homes.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the New York law.
Morrisey said the court's decision is "troublesome because it concludes the Second Amendment's protections end at a person's front door."
"Under the text of the Second Amendment, this right necessarily extends outside the home," Morrisey said Thursday in a press release. "We have the right to keep and bear arms; one keeps arms inside the home, but one bears arms outside of the home. Any ruling to the contrary simply ignores this plain language."
Morrisey said the New York case has the potential to affect gun rights in West Virginia, which has reciprocity agreements with other states."The ability of other states to restrict law-abiding citizens to carry weapons outside of the home means that permits issued in West Virginia will not be recognized in those states," Morrisey said.
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