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Jonathan Mitchell
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Jonathan Mitchell

Stanford Law School Stanford, CA, 94305, USA

Appeals Government

About Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan F. Mitchell is a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He received his law degree 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-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice from 2003 through 2005. After leaving the Department of Justice, Mr. Mitchell 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 has published articles on national-security law, criminal law and procedure, judicial federalism, and the legality of stare decisis in constitutional adjudication.

In 2010, Mr. Mitchell was appointed Solicitor General of Texas, a position he held until January 2015. During his time as Solicitor General, Mr. Mitchell argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of Texas, as well as numerous trial courts. He has authored more than 100 briefs, and his brief for the respondents in Gonzalez v. Thaler, 132 S. Ct. 641 (2012), and his brief for the petitioners in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427 (2014), each received a Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General.

After leaving the Texas Solicitor General’s office, Mr. Mitchell served as the Searle Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law before arriving at the Hoover Institution in June 2015. He is currently writing an article that will offer a textualist theory of the fourteenth amendment. Mr. Mitchell remains active in Supreme Court litigation, and argued before the Court last October in Campbell–Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857.


Background Information

Practice Areas Appeals and Government
Languages English

Education

School Degree Graduation year
University of Chicago Law School J.D. 2001

Professional Experience

Company Job title Start End
Stanford Law School Visiting Professor of Law 2015 Present
Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow 2015 2016
University of Texas School of Law Searle Visiting Professor of Law 2015 2015
State of Texas Solicitor General 2010 2015
University of Texas School of Law Adjunct Professor 2011 2014
George Mason University School of Law Assistant Professor of Law 2008 2010
University of Chicago Law School Visiting Assistant Professor 2006 2008
Georgetown University Law Center Visiting Researcher 2006 2006
Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice Attorney-Adviser 2003 2005
Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States Law Clerk 2002 2003
Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Law Clerk 2001 2002

Professional References

Jonathan Michell is a brilliant lawyer with a proven record of success in litigation. He has my highest recommendation.

Jimmy Blacklock, colleague of Jonathan

Contact

Stanford Law School

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Stanford, CA