Solicitor General Division
Solicitor General Attorney Profiles
Constitutional Defense Attorney Profiles
Opinions Attorney Profiles
The Solicitor General serves as the chief appellate lawyer for Alabama’s state government. The Solicitor General is responsible for all appeals in which the State is a party before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Services this Division Provides
The Solicitor General supervises the drafting and submission of all briefs the State files in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Solicitor General is responsible for ensuring that the State takes consistent positions in these courts and produces well-written briefs that set out a reasoned view of the law. In some cases, the Solicitor General and his staff are directly responsible for drafting briefs. In others, the Solicitor General supervises the work of other attorneys who have taken primary responsibility for drafting the briefs. The Solicitor General also presents oral argument in these courts. In some matters of great importance, the Solicitor General represents the State at the trial level. In addition to supervising appellate cases in which the State is a party, the Solicitor General also supervises the State’s submission of amicus briefs supporting other parties, such as other states, in cases where Alabama is not a party.
Sections of the Division
Constitutional Defense Section In September 1998, Attorney General Bill Pryor established the Constitutional Defense Division. Since then, the Division has handled complex civil lawsuits filed against the State of Alabama, its agencies, and its officials. Division attorneys litigate cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition, Division attorneys submit statewide changes in voting practices and procedures to the United States Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Among its goals, the section seeks to preserve the State’s ability to conduct its business in a fair and constitutional manner, free from interference by federal agencies and private litigants. Litigation assigned to the Section has included class actions and institutional reform litigation, as well as cases presenting complex issues of employment law, state and federal constitutional law, civil rights, and voting rights.
Opinions Section is the primary section that gives advice to public officials on various states laws such as the Open Meetings Act, the Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws, the Fair Campaign Practices Act, and other laws on voting.The Code of Alabama specifically calls upon the Attorney General to issue official opinions about state law. Often state law can be confusing; therefore, public officials may request that the Attorney General give his legal interpretation of the law in understandable terms. Upon written request, the Attorney General furnishes written opinions on questions of law to state departments, agencies, boards and commissions; the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (Committee) of either House upon a matter under consideration by the Committee; legislators, if there is some nexus between the question posed and a perceived legislative duty; and to certain other public officials and political subdivisions.
Solicitor General Division Contact Information
Office of Alabama Attorney General
Executive Division, Solicitor General Division
Post Office Box 300152
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104