August 20. 2018 7:39PM

Daniel Will sworn in as state's first solicitor general

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader


Gov. Chris Sununu, right, and Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, left, stand with Attorney Daniel E. Will, who was sworn in Monday as New Hampshire's first Solicitor General. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — New Hampshire has its first solicitor general, after Daniel Will was sworn into office on Monday.

Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law Senate Bill 390, which created the position of solicitor general within the Attorney General’s office.

According to language included in SB 390, the office of solicitor general is created to “develop and implement a training program for regional, county, and state prosecutors.”

Training topics include prosecutorial ethics, charging decisions, plea negotiations, and trial skills.

As solicitor general, Will is expected to coordinate the office’s appellate advocacy, a function that is now dispersed throughout the Attorney General’s office. The solicitor general will further enhance the office’s appellate practice by leading a consolidated team, thereby achieving efficiencies, and providing a singular focus on the development of the law at the United States and New Hampshire Supreme Courts.

Will received his law degree from the Boston College Law School, summa cum laude in 1995, and his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, cum laude in 1989. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the Boston College Law Review, and is a member of the Order of the Coif, an academic honor based on exemplary achievement.

He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Morton A. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and to the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Will joined Devine Millimet & Branch in Manchester in 1997, and became a shareholder in 2003.

“I am incredibly pleased to welcome Dan Will as New Hampshire’s first solicitor general,” said Gov. Sununu in a statement. “Dan comes highly recommended based on his decades of experience as one of New Hampshire’s most impressive litigators. I am confident that Dan will set a high bar for this new position and make New Hampshire proud.”

“This is an historic day for the New Hampshire Department of Justice,” Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a statement. “The creation of the position of solicitor general is an important part of our ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the delivery of our vital functions of seeking justice, protecting the public and effectively and efficiently representing the interests of the State. I thank Governor Sununu for his strong support of these efforts.”

“Dan Will is exceptionally well qualified to take on this new role. I know he will excel in all facets of this position, and we are very excited to have him join us,” MacDonald added.

pfeely@unionleader.com