solicitor general

plural solicitors general

Definition of solicitor general 

: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general

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Misha Tseytlin, the Wisconsin solicitor general and a former law clerk for Kennedy, disagreed with me by email. Michael Smerconish,, "The frustrating timing of Anthony Kennedy's retirement | Michael Smerconish," 3 July 2018 Until a new associate attorney general is named and confirmed by the Senate, the next in line to fill Rosenstein’s role is the solicitor general, Noel J. Francisco. David Voreacos,, "Why Trump Can’t Fire Mueller Easily," 12 Apr. 2018 President Trump today nominated Andrew Brasher, solicitor general for the Alabama attorney general's office, for a federal judgeship. Mike Cason,, "Trump nominates Alabama solicitor general for federal judgeship," 10 Apr. 2018 But Jordan Smith, assistant solicitor general arguing on behalf of the Nevada Department of Corrections, said the state purchased the drugs properly and there was never any deception on its part. David Montero,, "Nevada execution halted after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018 At the Supreme Court, Dassey was represented by former U.S. solicitor general Seth Waxman, who is a prominent practitioner before the court. Robert Barnes, Washington Post, "Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Brendan Dassey, sentenced to life as a teen and featured in ‘Making a Murderer’," 25 June 2018 Earlier this week, Trump’s team briefly courted Ted Olson, a former solicitor general and one of the nation’s most prominent litigators, who turned down the president’s invitation to join him for a second time. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Worst Job in Washington," 22 Mar. 2018 On the other side, Joshua A. Klein, California's deputy solicitor general, argued that about 700,000 women in the state become pregnant each year and about half of the pregnancies are unintended. CNN, "Justices skeptical of California abortion notification law," 20 Mar. 2018 In 2015, Olens picked Grant, 40, to be the Attorney General’s Office’s solicitor general — the state’s chief appellate lawyer. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump’s short list for high court includes two Georgia justices," 27 June 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

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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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