Following my earlier post on Eliot Spitzer, James E. Tierney, lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and former Attorney General of Maine, draws my attention to the fact that, although he is rather famous and often in the media, Eliot Spitzer (Attorney General of New York) "is'nt the only AG in America". James's point is indeed well-taken as it begs the question of whether, on this side of the ocean, we do know what AGs are and what they are paid for. Frankly, I must admit my ignorance and James's reading advices are very useful if you want to know more about these important people of the American legal landscape. For instance, you can go to this page of James's website.
And, obviously, James blogs too! Here is his blog.
Hereafter more on James himself.
James E. Tierney is the Director of the National State Attorneys General Program, at Columbia Law School, where he has also taught as a Lecturer-in-Law since the fall of 2000. During spring 2005, he will also be teaching at Northeastern Law School. Tierney served as the Attorney General of Maine from 1980 until 1990. He currently practices as a consultant to attorneys general and others regarding state regulatory structures and multi-state initiatives. Tierney is a graduate of the University of Maine and its School of Law.
During his ten years as Attorney General of Maine, Tierney played an active role in the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), including service on NAAG's Executive Board and various committees. Both while in office and since he has left, Tierney has instructed newly elected state attorneys general on the effective performance of their office. Tierney has held a variety of special appointments, including serving as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Florida, during the contested 2000 Presidential election; and membership on the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on On-Line Access and Security (2000). He has served as a Special Prosecutor in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Vermont and on behalf of NAAG has authored an analysis of the operations of state grand jury practice throughout the United States.
Tierney has been a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and has guest lectured at many law schools about the office of state attorney general. He has also taught at both Boston College Law School and the University of Maine School of Law. He has served on the Boards of both the American Judicature Society and People for the American Way and was a member of the Board of Commentators of the Courtroom Television Network (1991-96) and regularly appeared on Court TV as a guest.