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Via: The Harvard Law Bulletin
Human Trafficking. Cybercrime. Consumer protection. Public integrity. With broad constitutional and statutory jurisdiction, state attorneys general handle all these matters and more, often in high-impact litigation. Given this variety of opportunities it provides, Harvard Law School’s Attorneys General Clinic, taught by former Maine AG, James E. Tierney, has been one of the most popular in the clinical program since it was instituted in 2011, with placements in the office of Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley.
Coakley has been extremely supportive of the clinic – and is a guest lecturer in the related classroom course each spring – but her office can only accept just six HLS students each semester. In the past, that has meant a waiting list for many students.
That changed changed last year. Mike Gendall ’14 was on the waiting list until he received an email from Tierney last fall informing him that he could work in an AG’s office over winter term. Tierney had just expanded enrollment in the clinic by using winter term to send HLS students to work in AG’s offices across the country. Tierney, a nationally renowned expert on the role of state attorneys general and director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, called on his extensive professional network to place 10 additional HLS students in AG’s offices in California, Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island.