Attorneys General: Trends and Issues

As the chief legal officers of the states, commonwealths and territories of the United States, attorneys general serve as counselors to state government agencies and legislatures, and as  representatives of the public interest. In many areas traditionally considered the exclusive responsibility of the federal government, attorneys general now share enforcement authority and enjoy cooperative working relationships with their federal counterparts, particularly in the areas of antitrust, bankruptcy, consumer protection, criminal law and cybercrime and the environment.

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About the Author
This article was compiled and edited by Angelita Plemmer, director of communications for the National Association of Attorneys General. A former newspaper journalist, Plemmer joined the association staff in 2001. She formerly worked as the public information officer for the city of Roanoke, Va., and as the assistant city manager for public information for the city of Alexandria, Va. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree in rhetoric and communications studies from the University of Virginia.