solicitor general

noun

plural solicitors general
: a law officer appointed primarily to assist an attorney general

Examples of solicitor general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jason Murray, of Denver, on behalf of Anderson and respondents. Shannon Stevenson, Colorado solicitor general, on behalf of Jena Griswold, Colorado secretary of state. USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 The state’s solicitor general, Henry Whitaker, struggled at multiple points to identify which platforms would be covered by the legislation, leading to consternation by some justices. Brian Fung, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Murray said the Supreme Court should address the issue now when Trump is a candidate, rather than after the election, to avoid disenfranchising voters by leaving it up to Congress later. Shannon Stevenson, the solicitor general of Colorado, also appeared. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 The solicitor general, representing the FDA, will urge the court to end the case quietly by throwing out the lawsuit. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Here’s a look at the wackiest comparisons drawn by lawyers, solicitors general, and Supreme Court justices. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 Any time the solicitor general files a brief in the Supreme Court, there is a potential for tension. The Editors, National Review, 17 Jan. 2024 Colorado’s solicitor general, Shannon Stevenson, was granted 10 minutes to represent Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2024 In 1985, as solicitor general — the White House’s representative before the Supreme Court — Mr. Fried argued that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solicitor general was in 1647

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“Solicitor general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solicitor%20general. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

solicitor general

noun
plural solicitors 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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