Given the fact that there is a constant stream of challenges to the constitutionality of state law that is not covered by civil liability for damages in the risk fund, Attorney General Sean Reyes deemed it a necessity to create the position of Federal Solicitor and a constitutional section with one dedicated trial attorney to handle trial and appellate challenges to state law.
As a cost savings measure, the position of Federal Solicitor is held by the Parker Douglas, who also fulfills the Chief of Staff position for the office and a dedicated constitutional law attorney reports to him directly as part of the executive branch.
Some of the well known cases that have been handled by the Federal Solicitor and constitutional law attorney since the appointment of General Reyes include Kitchen v. Herbert, Brown v. Herbert, England v. Hatch, et. al, Ute Tribe litigation, and Public Land jurisdiction and sovereignty cases.
This dedicated constitutional section is necessary to manage and provide consistency as the Attorney General’s Office ensures high quality defense of Utah law any time it is challenged in federal court.