Mitchell Named Texas Solicitor General

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that Jonathan Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University, has been named Solicitor General of Texas. The appointment takes effect immediately. As chief appellate lawyer for the state, Mitchell will oversee both criminal and civil litigation before state and federal appeals courts and will represent the State of Texas in matters before the Supreme Court.

“We are delighted to see Professor Mitchell tapped for this important position and have full confidence that he will represent the State of Texas honorably and well. His selection further underscores the ease with which Mason Law professors move between teaching the theory of law and influencing law itself through key positions in government and public policy arenas,” said law school Dean Daniel Polsby.

Mitchell joined the Mason Law faculty in 2008 after having been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School for the prior two years. From 2003 until 2006, he served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice. He is an expert in federal habeas corpus jurisprudence and has written in the areas of criminal law and procedure, national security law, and constitutional law.

In a December 10 press release, Attorney General Abbott praised Mitchell, saying, “A true legal scholar, Jonathan Mitchell is an outstanding lawyer with a tremendous legal mind.” Mitchell graduated in 2001 with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Following his graduation, Mitchell was a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and later served as a clerk for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.