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Jonathan F. Mitchell

  • Searle Visiting Professor of Law


  • JD University of Chicago
  • BA Wheaton College

Jonathan F. Mitchell 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 received a Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General for 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.

Recent Publications:

Stare Decisis and Constitutional Text, 110 Mich. L. Rev. 1 (2011)

Reconsidering Murdock: State-Law Reversals as Constitutional Avoidance, 77 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1335 (2010)

Legislating Clear-Statement Regimes in National-Security Law, 43 Ga. L Rev. 1059 (2009)

Apprendi's Domain, 2006 Sup. Ct. Rev. 297

Contact Information

Jonathan F. Mitchell

Office: JON 6.276
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Thor R. Quick
(512) 232-1315

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