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News State / Region AG Cooper names new solicitor general

Attorney General Roy Cooper has named North Carolina’s next solicitor general.

John Maddrey will serve as the second ever solicitor general for the state.

“John’s extensive legal knowledge , experience and appellate skills make him an excellent choice for North Carolina’s solicitor general,” Cooper said. “I am confident that he will continue to serve our state well in this new role.”

Maddrey will be responsible for coordinating the handling civil appeals before state and federal appellate courts. He will also coordinate the Department of Justice’s participation in amicus briefs.

He has served as an attorney with the Department for 31 years, most recently handling cases challenging the constitutionality of State statutes. His career with the Department also includes seven years in the Consumer Protection Division and 15 years in the Transportation Section.

Christopher G. Browning, the state’s previous and first ever solicitor general, left the post earlier this year to return to private practice.

Among the high profile cases handled by the solicitor general’s office recently are United State Supreme Court cases Alabama v. North Carolina (No. 132, Orig.) and South Carolina v. North Carolina (No. 138, Orig.). The solicitor general is also currently handling constitutional challenges to a 2010 state law banning video sweepstakes (Sandhill Amusements v. State; Hest Technologies v. State).

Maddrey received his B.A. degree with Highest Honors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1979.

He and his wife Jennifer live in Raleigh and have three children.





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