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 Enter Clement Clement, the attorney who got the honorable invitation to represent, is a partner at the law firm Kirkland and Ellis, a former solicitor general under president George W. Bush, and a longtime champion of conservative causes. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "An unlikely hero could save the government agency designed to protect consumers," 31 Oct. 2019 Warren talks about Charles Fried, a Republican solicitor general who helped her get a job. Michael Scherer, The Denver Post, "What you missed while not watching Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate," 16 Oct. 2019 Harvard’s other WilmerHale attorneys include both a former clerk for Chief Justice John G. Roberts and a former US solicitor general experienced in making oral arguments before the Supreme Court., "And the stable percentage of Asian-Americans admitted for years before the lawsuit raised questions about whether Harvard deployed some form of racial quota, barred by the law.," 13 Oct. 2019 The manifesto of this approach comes from Paul D. Clement, a former solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration who has become known for fronting conservative legal challenges to federal laws, notably the Affordable Care Act. Michael Hiltzik,, "Opponents launch constitutional attack on laws to end surprise medical bills," 2 July 2019 The Justice Department filed a brief in support of Virginia, and the court has granted the solicitor general time to participate in Wednesday’s oral arguments. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Supreme Court to consider whether sniper Lee Boyd Malvo should be resentenced," 14 Oct. 2019 As recently as last week, the Trump administration’s solicitor general wrote in court papers that the Census Bureau needed to finalize the questions by June. Washington Post, "Delay in 2020 census could gum up finely calibrated planning," 1 July 2019 The solicitor general, to the shock of the Court, affirmed that, under the current law, such a book could be banned and the author imprisoned. Joe Lonsdale, National Review, "Regulating Speech Won’t Fix Our Politics," 12 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, several justices appeared mystified by that Indiana opinion; and the state solicitor general, Thomas Fisher, spent little time defending it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Poised to Rule Against Excessive State Fines," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of solicitor general

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Solicitor general.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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