As required by state law, the attorneys in the State Agencies Department provide legal representation to the more than 200 State agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and other State entities. As legal counsel for these State entities, the Assistant Attorneys General of the department provide day-to-day counseling, advice and representation for State agencies in matters involving various areas of the law, including administrative law, regulatory law, employment law, contract law and property law. The department assists in avoiding legal problems when possible and in resolving problems efficiently when they do arise.
For example, for boards and commissions with licensing authority over professionals such as pharmacists, appraisers, engineers and social workers, the department’s attorneys prosecute citizen complaints that a professional violated the terms of their license. When board decisions on such cases are appealed, department attorneys represent the boards before the Arkansas Circuit Courts, the Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court.
State Agencies Department lawyers also assist their client agencies with complying with the Freedom of Information Act, resolving disputes with employees, and interpreting the laws passed by the Arkansas General Assembly.