State solicitor general appointments open doors for appellate practitioners

, The National Law Journal

A trend among states in recent years to appoint a solicitor general has increased opportunities for young attorneys to get into court and ultimately return to private practice far from Washington, the traditional heart of the nation's appellate bar. In the past decade, a dozen states, including California, Florida and North Carolina, have added state solicitor generals, many of whom oversee large staffs, said Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General. Nationwide, 37 states have a solicitor general.

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