AG Names New Solicitor General (and Ramsey is Pleased)

Attorney General Bob Cooper has named a new solicitor general and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who has often been at odds with Cooper, thought that was such a good appointment that he issued a press release to praise it.
The initial press release is below, followed by the Ramsey release declaring his pleasure over the appointment of Billl Young.


From the attorney general’s office:
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper today announced that Bill Young will join the
Office as solicitor general. Young, a former senior counsel with the Office, will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts, review written opinions, and advise the attorney general.
“I am pleased that Bill is returning to public service for this important position,” Attorney General Cooper said. “His unique combination of government, non-profit, and private sector experience, along with significant trial and appellate work, makes him an exceptional fit for this job. Bill’s knowledge and leadership skills will help us maintain the tradition of excellence, professionalism, and independence that have characterized the office,” Cooper added.
Young worked in the Attorney General’s office for over eight years, leaving in 1995 to serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, a position he held for four years. For the past eight years, he has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.
“I am really honored to have an opportunity to serve as solicitor general and excited to return to the Attorney General’s office,” Young said. “I look forward to working with General Cooper and the fine team of professionals representing the state of Tennessee.”
Young also served as General Counsel with the Tennessee Hospital Association, as President of The Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, and as University Counsel for Vanderbilt University. He was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and Nashville, and worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He was the first law clerk for United States Bankruptcy Judge George Paine. Young earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University.
The Clarksville native is married to Jane Young, who is also an attorney and has practiced law in Nashville. They have a daughter, Beth, who is currently a sophomore at Wake Forest University.
The position of solicitor general became vacant upon the death of Mike Moore in November of last year. Young will assume his new duties in early June.

From the lieutenant governor’s office:
(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today praised the selection of Bill Young of Chattanooga as Tennessee’s new solicitor general.
“I’ve known Bill for many years and he is the perfect choice for this position,” said Ramsey. “His many years of experience in both the public and private sector will make him a strong asset to the Office of the Attorney General.”
Ramsey named Young as one of his first picks to the newly created Judicial Nominating Commission, a commission Ramsey was instrumental in devising, in July 2009. Young was subsequently elected vice-chairman by his peers on the commission eventually taking on the role of chairman following the resignation of David Bautista in January 2010. Young was elected chairman in his own right shortly thereafter.
Currently the general counsel and senior vice president of risk management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Young worked in the Attorney General’s office for over eight years. He left that position in 1995 to serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, a position he held for four years.
As solicitor general, Young will oversee appellate litigation in both state and federal courts, review written opinions and advise the attorney general. Young will step down from the judicial nominating commission when he assumes his duties as solicitor general in June. Ramsey expects to name Young’s replacement on the commission at that time.

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