Type: Public event

State Attorneys General and the Trump Administration: Rising Intergovernmental Conflict (and Perhaps Some Cooperation?)


Paul Nolette, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Marquette University

Date & time

Sep 13, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom 1110
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public

About the lecture:

With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House following the 2016 elections, Democrats have turned to the states to spur challenges to President Trump’s agenda. Among the most prominent of Trump’s state-level adversaries have been state attorneys general, who in just the first few months of 2017 have challenged federal policy from immigration to the environment. While intergovernmental conflict has continued to deepen, AGs have also found areas of bipartisan cooperation as well. This talk will discuss the role of state AGs during the early months of the Trump Administration. In addition to providing an overview of the various tools AGs have used to gain national prominence, Dr. Nolette will highlight several of the emerging trends in AG activity.

Paul Nolette an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. His work focus on the dynamics of contemporary American federalism as well as the interplay between politics and law. His book, Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America (University Press of Kansas, 2015), examines how state litigators have used lawsuits against large corporations and the federal government to influence national policy.

Professor Nolette completed his Ph.D. in political science at Boston College prior to joining the Marquette faculty in the fall of 2011. He also received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College in 2001. After law school, Professor Nolette worked in a litigation law firm and later served as the legal counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Sponsored by: University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Co-Sponsored by: University of Michigan Law School

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