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AG Derek Schmidt names Solicitor General, deputy for Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division

Release Date: Dec 10, 2020

TOPEKA – (December 10, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has named Brant Laue to serve as Kansas Solicitor General and Sarah Shipman to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division.

Laue succeeds Toby Crouse, who recently became a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, while Shipman succeeds Deputy Attorney General Athena Andaya, who is retiring after almost 10 years with the office.

“I appreciate Brant and Sarah agreeing to step forward into these leadership positions and am confident they will serve this office and the people of Kansas professionally and well,” Schmidt said.

Laue joined the Office of Attorney General in May 2019 as Deputy Solicitor General. He served as chief counsel for governors of Kansas from November 2013 to January 2019. Laue previously served as special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and he is a former law clerk to Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He received his law degree magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He also previously practiced law in Kansas City, in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate practice, appearing in state and federal courts across the nation, including the presentation of oral argument in six of the federal circuit courts of appeals, as well as the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Shipman joined the Victims Services Division in February as deputy director. She also served as an assistant attorney general in the Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division. Her prior state service was in the Department of Administration where she held various roles including chief counsel and Secretary of Administration. Shipman earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Southwestern College and her law degree magna cum laude from Washburn University where she was editor-in-chief of the Washburn Law Journal.

The Solicitor General position was created in 2007 and represents the state in civil and criminal appeals. The Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division researches and prepares legal opinions for certain public officials that may resolve legal disputes thereby avoiding litigation. The division also provides legal advice to professional licensing boards and other governmental agencies, reviews regulations for legality, and provides other legal services.

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