Attorney general names temporary replacement after Schneiderman’s ouster

Barbara Underwood, the solicitor general of New York, has been picked to temporarily replace ousted state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to an announcement Tuesday.

The move was announced by AG spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick on Twitter — hours after Schneiderman resigned in disgrace after he was accused by four women of physical abuse.

“This morning, I’m grateful to work with the best colleagues in the business – including Barbara Underwood, who will be acting NY AG,” Spitalnick tweeted. “She’s argued 20 cases before SCOTUS, clerked for Thurgood Marshall, & much more. The work continues.”

Underwood has served as the state’s solicitor general since 2007 and previously worked as a chief assistant to the US attorney in Brooklyn.

The Georgetown University law school graduate also worked in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn district attorneys’ offices.

She’s argued 20 cases before the US Supreme Court and many other cases in the state and federal courts of appeals, according to her biography on the AG’s website.

Underwood was initially appointed by then-AG Andrew Cuomo and reappointed to the post by Schneiderman in 2011. As solicitor general, she oversaw the AG Office’s Division of Appeals and Opinions, which argues civil and criminal appeals cases in both state and federal courts.

Schneiderman’s resignation is effective at the close of business Tuesday.

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