- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has its first solicitor general to oversee state and federal court appeals handled by the attorney general’s office.

Attorney General William Sorrell has appointed Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay to the position.

The attorney general’s office said Wednesday that Assay will have supervisory authority for the roughly 100 appeals handled by the office each year.

The office says she will be responsible for the professional development of attorneys who handle appeals and will play a big role in the state’s participation in friend of court briefs, mostly before federal appeals courts.

Asay has worked for the attorney general’s office since 1998, representing the state in state and federal trial courts and appeals courts.

Sorrell says 35 other states have solicitors general.

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