News Release — Office of the Attorney General
April 1, 2015
Bridget C. Asay
Assistant Attorney General
Following the practice in more than 35 other states, Vermont has its own Solicitor General. Attorney General Bill Sorrell has appointed Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay as Vermont’s first Solicitor General.
Within the Office of Attorney General, the Solicitor General is responsible for oversight of state and federal appeals of lower court decisions. Asay will have supervisory authority for the approximately 100 appeals handled by the Attorney General’s Office each year. She will be responsible for professional development of attorneys throughout the Office who handle appeals and will play a major role in Vermont’s participation in friend of the court briefs, primarily before federal appellate courts.
Asay joined the Vermont Attorney General’s Office in 1998. She has handled a variety of complex civil cases, representing Vermont in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She has argued numerous cases in the Vermont Supreme Court and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2011, she argued on behalf of the state in the U.S. Supreme Court in IMS v. Sorrell, an important First Amendment case. She is respected nationally for her skills and accomplishments and has been awarded two Best Brief Awards by the National Association of Attorneys General, recognizing excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A 1995 graduate of Yale Law School, Asay moved to Vermont to clerk at the Vermont Supreme Court for Justice Denise Johnson. She later clerked for U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha. The Vermont Supreme Court appointed Asay as chair of the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners in 2010, a position she still holds.
“As our appeals increase in number and complexity, I want to enhance our written and oral appellate advocacy skills. Bridget can lead us in these efforts and lend her considerable expertise to the development of the law in our courts. We are fortunate to have an attorney of Bridget’s caliber to serve as our first Solicitor General,” said Sorrell.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Vermonters in this new role,” said Asay. “It is a privilege to work with my exceptional colleagues in the Attorney General’s office and to advocate for the state in the courts.”