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Attorney General-Representation of State Agencies

Attorney General

Fall; Spring; Summer

Work Description

DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: Legal counsel for various state agencies including the Administrative Office of the Courts, State Personnel Commission, Treasurer, Retirement System, Commerce, Agriculture, Wildlife, Psychology Board, etc. (See Duties and Clients section below.)

DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: Assist with employment litigation, professional licensing hearings, and a variety of other matters concerning various state agencies. Students will perform research and writing, and assist with client meetings, depositions, administrative hearings and court hearings.

DUTIES AND CLIENTS: This Section provides a full range of legal services, including litigation, before administrative tribunals and in all State and Federal courts, to a number of State agencies or subdivisions of such agencies on a regular basis and to various State agencies and institutions on an occasional basis. In addition, the Section provides legal advisory services tothe State Personnel Commission as well as county and municipal governments and to registers of deeds.

Clients include:

  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce; Banking Commission
  • Department of Cultural Resources
  • Department of Environment/Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Department of State Treasurer
  • General Statutes Commission
  • Psychology Board

In addition to the clients listed above, the Section has the responsibility to represent other agencies on a limited basis. The Section provides legal advice on an as-needed basis to the Elections Division of the Attorney General's office, the N.C. Federal Tax Reform Allocation Committee, N.C. Housing Partnership, Capital Facilities Finance Agency, and Solid Waste Management Capital Projects Financing Agency. The Section also provides legal advice and litigation assistance to all State agencies and institutions in will caveats when the agencies or institutions are beneficiaries under the wills. The Section provides legal advisory services to county and municipal governments with regard to statutory authority, legality of ordinances, conflicts of interest, local government finance, and other legal issues. The section provides legal, advisory or informational services to State and local government agencies, public officials, and, in appropriate instances, private citizens, on a broad range of topics, including: animals, Americans With Disabilities Act, dual office holding, escheats, estates, will and trusts, marriage, name changes, powers of attorney, public meetings and records, the Uniform Commercial Code, and zoning. The Revisor of Statutes and the Assistant Revisor, both of whom are attorneys in the Section, provide staff services to the General Assembly to present Commission-sponsored legislation, and they are the coordinators between the Attorney General and the Michie Company with regard to publication of the General Statutes.

COURSE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: A grasp of fundamental constitutional law issues, federal court practice and administrative law is preferred. Certification is preferred.

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