James E. Tierney

Lecturer on Law



James E. Tierney has taught a course on the role of state attorneys general and directed the attorney general clinic since 2010, and had taught a similar course at Columbia Law School since 2000 where until 2016 he was the Director of the National State Attorney General Program.  He is currently the director of StateAG.org, which is an educational resource on the office of state attorney general. 

Mr. Tierney served as the Attorney General of Maine from 1980 until 1990. During those ten years, Mr. Tierney played an active role in the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and has instructed newly elected state Attorneys General on the effective performance of their office for many years. Mr. Tierney has served as a Special Prosecutor in Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Vermont and, on behalf of NAAG, has authored an analysis of the operations of state grand jury practice. He travels regularly to visit in offices of attorney general where he conducts ethics seminars for attorneys general and their staffs.

Tierney is married to Maine author Elizabeth Strout. He has five children and eight grandchildren.

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