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Attorney General Pam Bondi appoints new solicitor general



AgarwalAttorney General Pam Bondi on Friday announced the appointment of Florida's new solicitor general: Amit Agarwal, a Broward County resident who most recently served as deputy chief in the appellate division of the U.S. attorney's office in Miami.

Agarwal, 40 (left), clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and served as an attorney advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington and received his B.A. in English from Duke.

The solicitor general, created in 1999, is the state's chief appellate counsel and represents the interests of the state in all appellate courts and at the U.S. Supreme Court. As part of the job, Agarwal also will be a visiting law professor at Florida State University.

Agarwal's youth and resume suggest he has a bright legal future, and history may be on his side, too. The past three lawyers who served as solicitor general have all been appointed to appellate judgeships: Scott Makar, Tim Osterhaus and most recently Allen Winsor. Agarwal could be No. 4.

Correction: An earlier version of this post contained an incorrect age and party affiliation.

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 3:24pm]


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