Attorneys General Roundtable Discussion

In recognition of the growing importance of individual states in regulating everything from pollution laws to charities, the attorneys general of three states participated in a roundtable discussion at the Law School titled “The Role of State Attorneys General.” The event was sponsored by Social Justice Initiatives, the Center for Public Interest Law, and the three-year-old National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School.

Panelist attorneys general Robert McKenna (Washington), Thomas Miller (Iowa), and William Sorrell (Vermont) described for the student audience their work and how they served the public interest. The panel was moderated by James Tierney, director of the attorneys general program and former attorney general of Maine. The program is a cornerstone of Columbia Law School’s commitment to educating and developing its students and others to be innovators and leaders in government service. For more information, please visit

(L-R) Vermont AG William Sorrell, New Mexico AG Gary King, James Tierney, Washington AG Rob McKenna, and Rhode Island AG Patrick Lynch