Yesterday was (now former) Texas Solicitor General Jim Ho’s last day.
The interregnum did not last long. Today, Jonathan Mitchell of George Mason Law School is being introduced as the (new) Texas SG.
Update: I’ve looked at a few of his online research papers. One seems like it might be of particular interest to readers of this blog. In this short piece, Mitchell argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should consider abandoning its view that it lacks jurisdiction to reverse a state court solely on state-law grounds (the Murdock rule). (( The extended argument appears in this paper. )) It’s not a paper with which I agree, but it suggests that he has spent some time thinking about the role of state courts.