James E. Tierney

Visiting Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


James E. Tierney is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.

Tierney has taught a course at Harvard Law School on the role of state attorneys general and directed the attorney general clinic since 2010. 

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James Tierney

Contact Information



Faculty Assistant


Ann-Marie Cooper

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., University of Maine, Portland, 1975
B.A., University of Maine, Orono, 1969

Courses Taught


  • The Role of the State Attorney General

James E. Tierney is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.

Tierney has taught a course at Harvard Law School on the role of state attorneys general and directed the attorney general clinic since 2010. He taught a similar course at Columbia Law School from 2000 until 2016 where 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.

Tierney served as the Attorney General of Maine from 1980 until 1990. During those ten years, he played an active role in the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and served on its various committees. Since 1990 he has instructed newly elected state Attorneys General on the effective performance of their office and consulted for numerous offices of attorneys general on a host of structural, legal and ethical issues. 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 conduct ethics seminars for attorneys general and their staffs. He received his J.D. from University of Maine, Portland, and his B.A., highest honors, from the University of Maine, Orono.