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.