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Attorney General of Virginia

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Solicitor General

The Office of Solicitor General represents the Commonwealth in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and federal circuit courts in non-capital cases that call into question the constitutionality of a state statute or that bear on sensitive policies of the Commonwealth. The Office also assists other Divisions of the Office of Attorney General with constitutional and appellate issues.

Toby J. Heytens, Solicitor General

Bio

Toby Heytens has been Virginia's Solicitor General since February 2018. He previously spent eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he co-directed the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, coached the three-time national champion undergraduate trial advocacy team, and received an All-University Teaching Award. Before that, Toby worked at the United States Department of Justice’s Office of the Solicitor General and at an international law firm in Washington, D.C. Toby is a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Judge Edward R. Becker and a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has argued ten cases before the United States Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

Deputy Solicitor General

Photo of Michelle Kallen - Deputy Solicitor General

Bio

Michelle Kallen serves as Deputy Solicitor General. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Michelle spent seven years in private practice, most recently in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Michelle clerked for the Honorable Jane B. Stranch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate in Simpson Thacher & Batlett's Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices. She holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.