As the prevalence and influence of state attorneys general continues to grow, NAAG is working to create pathways for law students and professors to connect and engage with the attorney general community through NAGTRI. In accordance with the NAGTRI Strategic Plan, NAGTRI believes that creating enduring partnerships between law schools and attorney general offices will be mutually beneficial to both communities.
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Sample Law School Courses and Clinics on State Attorneys General
- Albany Law School: Attorney General Litigation Bureau Practicum
- Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law: The State Attorneys General
- Cornell Law School: New York State Attorney General Clinic
- University of Florida Levin College of Law: The Role of the State Attorneys General
- George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School: State Attorneys General Seminar
- Harvard Law School – Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic
- NAGTRI has enjoyed a long working partnership with James E. Tierney, former attorney general of Maine and current lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. For over 20 years, Professor Tierney has worked at the intersection of academia and public law practice, developing the first national law school course on the role and responsibilities of state attorneys general, and influencing and encouraging scores of law students and attorneys to pursue careers as state assistant attorneys general. His website, StateAG.org explores ethical considerations for attorneys general, provides an overview of the role of state attorneys general, and hosts his law school syllabus, making it publicly accessible. The website serves as a resource for the attorney general community and law schools.
- Dr. Paul Nolette, chair of the Political Science Department at Marquette University is one the country’s leading scholars on state attorneys general and currently serves as a NAGTRI research consultant. In this capacity, Dr. Nolette helps NAGTRI compile and publish data and visualizations on the duties of the nation’s attorneys general, as well as conduct research on issues and policies important to their work. Dr. Nolette has published extensively on topics related to law and politics, including on state attorneys general in national policymaking and American federalism. His open research database on attorney general litigation and activity provides data on multistate activities, including lawsuits against the federal government, settlements against corporations and businesses, amicus filings, letters, and administrative comments. The website also provides a scholarship database, providing a compendium of research and articles on state attorneys general.
- Publications by Dr. Paul Nolette:
- Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas)
- “Law Enforcement as Legal Mobilization: Reforming the Pharmaceutical Industry through Government Litigation.” Law & Social Inquiry 40(1): 123-151.
- “State Litigation during the Obama Administration: Diverging Agendas in an Era of Polarized Politics.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44(3): 451-474.
- “Litigating the Public Interest in the Gilded Age: Common Law Business Regulation by Nineteenth-Century State Attorneys General.” Polity 44(3): 373-399