Resources on the basic operations and functions of the office of state attorney general, including resources on ethics and links to other sources.

A Brief Introduction to the World of State Attorneys General

In this video, Professor James E. Tierney, former Attorney General of Maine, provides an introduction to the office of state attorneys general. His remarks are directed to lawyers and non-lawyers interested in the history, culture, jurisdiction and operations of state attorneys general offices (15:38).

State Attorney General's Office Organization Chart

Generic Organizational Chart of a typical State Attorney General’s Office (click above to open/download as a PDF).

Video Resources

AGP Guest Speaker Series (2009)

The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School was privileged to host a series of guest speakers in 2009 who reflected on their time in government service. Their talks were recorded on video and are linked to below.

The observations of these individuals, including their call to serve the public interest, continue to resonate and stand today as examples of government service at its very best.

  • Robert Abrams, Attorney General of New York (1979 - 1993)

  • Steve Bullock, Governor (2012 - present) and Attorney General of Montana (2009 - 2012)

  • Peter Harvey, Attorney General of New Jersey (2003 - 2006)

  • Bill Marshall, Deputy White House Counsel (1999 - 2001); Ohio Solicitor General (2007 - 2008); Special Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (1977 - 1981).

  • Stephen Merrill, Governor (1993 - 1997) and Attorney General of New Hampshire (1984 - 1989)

  • Grant Woods, Attorney General of Arizona (1991 - 1999)

Many thanks to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for continuing to host these important testimonies.

MDL at 50: The value of teaching about AG's in law school

In October, 2018, the Center on Civil Justice hosted MDL at 50, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Multidistrict Litigation Statute. The conference included a panel on The State Role and State Attorneys-General with a talk by James Tierney on The value of teaching about AG's in law school.


• Abbe Gluck, Professor, Yale Law School


• Natalie Ludaway, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Washington, DC Attorney General

• David Nachman, Senior Enforcement Counsel, New York Attorney General's Office

• Luther Strange, former Senator, United States Senate; former Attorney General, Alabama

• James Tierney, Lecturer at Law, Harvard Law School; former Attorney General, Maine

The conference was co-hosted by the Center on Civil Justice at NYU Law School and the Liman and Solomon Centers at Yale Law School.

From Tierney Blog