BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley has created a new Office of the State Solicitor to help develop strategies for appeals, review legal briefs and prepare oral arguments in selected cases.

Coakley said the creation of the state solicitor, which would fall under the attorney general's office, has long been one of her goals as the state's top law enforcement officer.

She said more than 35 states have established state solicitor or solicitor general offices.

Coakley said the state solicitor in Massachusetts will also advise her on multi-state amicus briefs, ensure consistent legal positions and handle some appeals.

Coakley named Peter Sacks as the state's first solicitor. Sacks has most recently served as deputy chief of the AG's Government Bureau.

Coakley said Sacks has over 25 years of experience in the attorney general's office.