Saturday, August 03, 2013

Mass. AG Coakley Creates State Solicitor's Office

In a press release issued on July 30, 2013, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the creation of a new Office of the State Solicitor.

One of Coakley's goals as AG has been to create the Office of State Solicitor, which will fall under the Attorney General's Office.

According to Coakley, "More than 35 states have established State Solicitor or Solicitor General Offices, which focus on appellate advocacy. The Massachusetts State Solicitor’s primary role will be to help develop appellate strategy, to review briefs and to help prepare for oral argument in selected cases handled by Assistant Attorneys General throughout the office. The State Solicitor will also track the office’s appeals to ensure consistent legal positions, advise the Attorney General regarding multi-state amicus briefs, and handle some appeals."

Coakley appointed Peters Sacks as the state's first solicitor.  Sacks has most recently served as Deputy Chief of the AG's Government Bureau.  For additional information, see press release.