National Association of Attorneys General: State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities

The National Association of Attorneys General recently published the second edition of “State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities,” edited by Emily Myers and Lynne Ross. This book is the only publication of its kind that fully explores the office of the attorney general, including its many responsibilities, authority and relationship with other parts of state  government. It also discusses the many areas in which attorneys general work together on a multistate basis to address nationwide problems, as well as current trends and research. The excerpts below offer a small snapshot of the contributions of attorneys general to state government and the American legal system.

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About the National Association of Attorneys General
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG’s mission is: “To facilitate interaction among attorneys general as peers. To facilitate the enhanced performance of attorneys general and their staffs.” NAAG fosters an environment of “cooperative leadership,” helping attorneys general respond effectively—individually and collectively—to emerging state and federal issues.

The association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. The association’s members are the attorneys general of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and the chief legal officers of the commonwealths of Puerto Rico (secretary of justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. attorney general is an honorary member.

These excerpts were submitted by Angelita Plemmer, director of communications for the National Association of Attorneys General.