A state solicitor gives an attorney general a specialist to turn to for appellate advice. The solicitor's ability to influence what position the state takes and what cases to pursue allows the solicitor to affect the development of law. The number of states with solicitors has grown from eight to twenty-four since 1987. Despite the similarities between state solicitors and the Solicitor General of the United States, there are many differences between the two roles.
James R. Layton,
The Evolving Role of the State Solicitor: Toward the Federal Model,
3 J. App. Prac. & Process 533
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