solicitor general

plural solicitors general

Definition of solicitor general

: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general

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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 The Saudis could have expanded the scope of the agreement by retaining Olson, the U.S. solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration, for $100,000 a month. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures," 16 Oct. 2018 The same day, Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said no felony charges would be brought against Marrow and that the misdemeanor charges would be turned over to the county solicitor general for review. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Lawyers: Officials conspired to hide info about arrest," 27 Aug. 2018 The two traffic misdemeanor charges (reckless driving and aggressive driving) were referred to the county's office of the solicitor general, which will decide whether to pursue those charges. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Police officer who choked ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow fired after viral video reviewed," 10 May 2018 Michael Dreeben, the deputy solicitor general now working for Mr. Mueller, says the authority is even broader than the mandate given to the special counsel in a May 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. James Freeman, WSJ, "Mueller and the Judge," 4 May 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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