solicitor general

plural solicitors general

Definition of solicitor general

: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general

Examples of solicitor general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The state’s current solicitor general, by contrast, refused to sign on to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit, a highly unusual move. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Ted Cruz won’t rule out objecting to Biden’s Electoral College win, as John Cornyn calls it ‘conclusive’," 18 Dec. 2020 Starr, who has also served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Washington and as U.S. solicitor general, didn’t immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment. Ben Brody,, "Google to Face Off With Ken Starr in Texas Antitrust Lawsuit," 16 Dec. 2020 The firm includes Kenneth Starr, the former U.S. solicitor general who served as independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Texas Hires Lawyers to Handle Antitrust Case Against Google," 16 Dec. 2020 Cruz is a former Texas solicitor general who has previously argued nine cases before the Supreme Court. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Cruz offer to argue before Supreme Court gives him some 2024 luster," 11 Dec. 2020 The Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro, meanwhile, noted that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is bringing the suit without the support of his own solicitor general, Kyle Hawkins, who would normally lead litigation on behalf of the state. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Supreme Court declines to hear Trump-supported Texas case over election results in four other states," 11 Dec. 2020 The pornography case was not the only sensitive issue that came before Mr. Days as solicitor general. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Drew S. Days III, first African American to lead civil rights division at Justice Department, dies at 79," 20 Nov. 2020 Since the mandate no longer raises revenue, said Kyle D. Hawkins, Texas’s solicitor general, it cannot be justified as a tax and was therefore unconstitutional. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Key Justices Signal Support for Affordable Care Act," 10 Nov. 2020 Breyer asked acting solicitor general Jeff Wall, the lawyer representing the Trump administration in the suit, known as Trump v. New York. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Supreme Court skeptical of Trump plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from House redistricting count," 30 Nov. 2020

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1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Solicitor general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of solicitor general

: a law officer who assists an attorney general and is just below the attorney general in rank

solicitor general

plural solicitors general

Legal Definition of solicitor general

: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general also : a federal law officer responsible for representing the government in court and especially the U.S. Supreme Court

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