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.


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).


2009 Guest Speaker Series

The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School was privileged to host a series of guest speakers who reflected on their time in government service. Guests included:

  • 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. 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.


From Tierney Blog