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I used to say that, as Solicitor General, I made three arguments of every case. First came the one that I planned-as I thought, logical, coherent, complete. Second was the one actually presented-interrupted, incoherent, disjointed, disappointing. The third was the utterly devastating argument that I thought of after going to bed that night.

— Sayings

Most Powerful Solicitor General quotations

I think the nine justices think the solicitor general is the 35th clerk.

Solicitor general quote People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

It's not that there are no masters, but that there are many.

And the job of the solicitor general is to balance those masters and to accommodate them all, each in their proper places, wisely and well and in so doing to represent the people of the United States.

Solicitor general quote People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it.

There have been 111 Justices in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Only three have been women. If she is confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan will bring the Supreme Court to an historical high-water mark, with three women concurrently serving as Justices.

I feel so blessed to have had the chance to do this job [ U.

S. Solicitor General] in this moment in our history. It's been an incredible thing.

Solicitor general quote People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

When we're not a party, we sometimes file as amicus, as friend of the court, 25, 30 times a term, sometimes more. And in each of those cases, we've got to decide what position the government's going to take. And that is the solicitor general's job to make that decision.

Donald Verrilli has argued 37 cases in five years on behalf of the [Barak] Obama administration. Many of them turned out to be truly landmark cases. He is the seventh-longest-serving solicitor general in American history.

I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate, i spent five and a half years as the solicitor-general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state of Texas in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Solicitor general quote As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism
As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

It happens every once in awhile at the federal level when the solicitor general, on behalf of the U.S., will confess error or decline to defend a law. I don't know what is going through the [Obama] administration's thought process on 'don't ask, don't tell.' It would be appropriate for them to say 'the law has been deemed unconstitutional, we are not going to seek further review of that.'

The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice - a pretty important position.