Defending Texas

The Austin Lawyers Chapter
Start : Friday, March 09, 2012 11:30 AM
End : Friday, March 09, 2012 01:30 PM

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse
300 Colorado Street
Austin, TX

Featured Speakers:
Jonathan F. Mitchell



  • Jonathan F. Mitchell, Texas Solicitor General

Jonathan Mitchell is the current Solicitor General of Texas. He 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. After graduating from law school, Mr. Mitchell was a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice from 2003 through 2006. After leaving the Department of Justice, Mr. Mitchell entered academia. He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 2006 through 2008, and then an assistant professor of law at George Mason University from 2008 through 2010. He is currently on leave from academia, serving as the fifth Solicitor General of Texas.

During his time as Solicitor General, Mr. Mitchell successfully defended the State’s recently enacted sonogram law against constitutional challenge in Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services, et al. v. David Lakey M.D., et al. Mr. Mitchell also represents the State in Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s efforts to unilaterally regulate greenhouse-gas emissions, and argued the State’s case in the D.C. Circuit last week. Finally, Mr. Mitchell is representing the State in its lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking preclearance of the State’s recently enacted Voter-ID law.

In his talk, Mr. Mitchell will discuss some of the recent and pending litigation involving the Office of Solicitor General, including the cases mentioned above. He will also discuss the institutional role of the Office in defending the State of Texas.

Registration details:

Cost is $20 for Federalist Society members, $25 for non-members

1.0 hour of CLE credit pending

RSVP by March 6 to or (512) 533-0125.

If you RSVP and do not cancel, you may still be charged for your lunch if you do not attend.

We strongly encourage you to pay in advance by mailing your check made out to “The Federalist Society” to: Yetter Coleman LLP
Attn. Gina Verlander
221 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Valet parking at Sullivan’s is available free of charge to attendees.