Jerry W. Kilgore spoke to students, faculty, and guests gathered at Appalachian School of Law (ASL) on November 17. Kilgore spoke about the role of state attorneys general in shaping our legal and public policies. He served as the Attorney General of Virginia from 2002 to 2005 and was the Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia in 2005. He also served as Virginia Secretary of Public Safety. Kilgore explained to the gathering the progression of his career and his experiences serving on Governor George Allen's Cabinet overseeing 11 state agencies. Kilgore now regularly works with State Attorneys General on issues companies face in the consumer protection arena. He participates on major financial services company's multistate Attorney General inquiry and settlement, building relationships for companies and associations with State Attorneys General.
Like many ASL students, Kilgore is from central Appalachia. Raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Kilgore received a B.A. degree summa cum laude from Clinch Valley College (now the University of Virginia's College at Wise) and a J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law. He currently has a multistate practice that focuses on state attorneys general and governors.
Prior to his talk, Kilgore dined with ASL students and spoke personally with them about their goals and aspirations.