Solicitor General, Texas
Kyle Hawkins is the Solicitor General of Texas. He represents the State in high-profile matters before federal and state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He has presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (including two en banc sittings), and various appellate and district courts throughout Texas.
Mr. Hawkins previously practiced law in the Washington, D.C., and Dallas offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court, and the Hon. Edith H. Jones, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Hawkins is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College.
Solicitor General, Alabama
Edmund LaCour is the current Solicitor General of Alabama. Before he joined the Attorney General’s Office, LaCour was a partner at the DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented numerous clients before the Supreme Court, as well as courts of appeals and trial courts. Before joining Kirkland, LaCour practiced at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, DC, and Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
LaCour clerked for the Hon. William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. LaCour holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil. from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College. He was raised in Dothan, Alabama.
Solicitor General, Louisiana
Liz Murrill is the Solicitor General for the Louisiana Department of Justice, appointed by Attorney General Jeff Landry in early 2016. She has almost 30 years of experience working in diverse state and federal government legal environments and handling complex litigation, appeals, and government transactions. She has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in McCoy v. Louisiana and Ramos v. Louisiana and has argued in the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Court, the D.C. Circuit, and the federal district courts as well as in state appellate and district courts. She is lead counsel in five pending federal lawsuits challenging a wide scope of abortion legislation, including June Medical Svcs. v. Gee, 15-880, in which the Supreme Court is currently considering a petition for certiorari by the plaintiffs. Murrill previously served as Executive Counsel to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Executive Counsel to the Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols. She was a United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellow in 2007-08 and taught appellate advocacy and legal writing at the Louisiana State University Law Center for more than ten years. Murrill clerked for U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola and Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Melvin Shortess. She obtained her J.D. from LSU Law School in 1991, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Louisiana Law Review, and her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School in 2010.