solicitor general

plural solicitors general

Definition of solicitor general

: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general

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That request got a boost last month when the U.S. solicitor general weighed in on behalf of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and supported the company’s call for the high court to take up the case. Washington Post, "U.S. high court to take up issue of whether Virginia can ban a uranium mine," 21 May 2018 After the solicitor general switched positions in the case, the commission issued an order ratifying the appointments of the in-house judges. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Rod Rosenstein Makes a Timely Supreme Court Appearance," 23 Apr. 2018 From former law clerks to U.S. solicitors general, a bevy of venerable legal minds are prepared to testify in support of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court justice nominee. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing witnesses include former law clerks, school shooting survivor: A full list," 7 Sep. 2018 Katyal, a former U.S. acting solicitor general with vast experience arguing before the court, will represent Hawaii and immigration rights groups on Wednesday. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "As Trump's travel ban (finally) reaches Supreme Court, his talk and tweets remain center stage," 24 Apr. 2018 From 1973 to 1977, Bork served as solicitor general of the United States, arguing cases before the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government. Jane Coaston, Vox, "“Borking,” explained: why a failed Supreme Court nomination in 1987 matters," 26 Sep. 2018 Harvard’s lawyers include Seth Waxman, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President Bill Clinton and has argued 80 cases before the Supreme Court. Nicole Hong And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change.," 11 Oct. 2018 In between his appellate clerkships and his time with Kennedy, Kavanaugh worked in the solicitor general’s office under George H.W. Bush. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh, the almost-certain next member of the Supreme Court, explained," 5 Oct. 2018 Kavanaugh worked in the solicitor general’s office under George H.W. Bush and later worked in the George W. Bush administration for several years, first as associate counsel to the president, then as senior associate counsel. Aimee Ortiz,, "Five points of interest about Judge Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018

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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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