Trio of attorney general candidates address law school forum

Originally published April 28, 2022 (here)

By Stephanie Ebbert

Boston Globe

Three Democratic candidates for attorney general addressed a forum at Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy on Thursday, making their pitch to become the state’s top law enforcement officer.

Kimberly Atkins Stohr of The Boston Globe’s editorial page, who moderated the forum, asked the candidates, each of whom had sought other elected offices in recent years, to explain why they were vying to become attorney general and what each would bring to the job. The state’s attorney general acts as an advocate for consumers, in addition to combating fraud and corruption, prosecuting crime, and protecting the environment, workers, and civil rights.

Shannon Liss-Riordan presented herself as a crusading workers’ rights attorney and the only candidate in the field who has led a law practice and coordinated teams of lawyers across the country to challenge corporations, including Starbucks and FedEx. 

“I have been acting as a private attorney general for my entire career, more than 20 years,” said Liss-Riordan, who previously ran for US Senate. “The work that I have done has put hundreds of millions of dollars back in the pockets of regular people.”