For Immediate Release - July 31, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley Appoints New Government Bureau Chief and Deputy Chief

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley has named two seasoned attorneys as the new Chief and Deputy Chief of her office's Government Bureau. Attorney General Coakley announced this week that Peter Sacks, who has served as the Deputy Chief of the Government Bureau for over 10 years, will assume the position of Bureau Chief. Jennifer Miller, who has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division of the Government Bureau, will be the Bureau's new Deputy Chief.

"Peter Sacks has been a tremendous asset to the Attorney General's Office for over 20 years, and brings a breadth of experience and invaluable institutional knowledge to his new position," said Attorney General Coakley. "Jennifer has distinguished herself as an outstanding litigator, tackling some of our most complex cases on behalf of the Commonwealth. I have no doubt that they will be a terrific leadership team for our Government Bureau."

Peter Sacks, a Brookline resident, first joined the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in 1988 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division. He later served as the Opinions Coordinator and as Elections Counsel within the Government Bureau. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Government Bureau. During the late 1990's, under former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, Peter developed and coordinated the Attorney General's "Making Government Work" project, aimed at avoiding and simplifying litigation against the Commonwealth by seeking changes in statutes, court rules, and agency regulations and practices based on lessons learned from past litigation. In addition to his supervisory and management duties as Deputy Bureau Chief, Peter has also handled civil elections, ballot question, and campaign finance matters for the Attorney General's Office for many years. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and Harvard Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Frank Coffin, U.S. Circuit Judge for the First Circuit, and the Honorable Edward Gignoux, U.S. District Judge, both in Portland, Maine.

Jennifer Miller, of Ipswich, has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division since 2007. In that capacity, Jennifer has served as lead counsel on behalf of several state agencies in complex civil litigation. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Jennifer served as an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General's Office for three years. From 2001 - 2004, she was Senior Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Jennifer has also been a litigation associate at several law firms, including Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, as well as Lankler, Siffert & Wohl, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, both in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia University and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

The Attorney General's Government Bureau represents the Commonwealth, its agencies and officials in many types of civil litigation, as well as defending Commonwealth employees from civil claims made against them resulting from the performance of their duties. The Bureau develops and maintains close working relationships with agency counsel and provides them with information and advice on matters of broad common interest, particularly where advance consultation may prevent unnecessary litigation. The Government Bureau also initiates affirmative litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth when such litigation is in the public interest and has significant monetary value or raises legal or policy issues of concern to the public and the Commonwealth.