Jonathan Mitchell ’01 appointed as Solicitor General of Texas

Jonathan Mitchell, ’01, has been named Solicitor General of Texas by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Mitchell succeeds fellow alumnus of the Law School James C. Ho, ’99, who served as Solicitor General for close to three years.

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Mitchell served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Luttig on the Fourth Circuit federal appeals court, followed by a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served Justice Antonin Scalia. Mitchell went on to spend three years in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S Department of Justice, before returning to the Law School as a visiting assistant professor. Prior to his appointment as Solicitor General of Texas, Mitchell was an assistant professor of law at George Mason University in Virginia. Mitchell is an expert in federal habeas corpus jurisprudence and has authored articles in the fields of criminal law and procedure, national security law, and constitutional law.