Understanding the Role of a State AG’s Office

As chief legal advisors of their state, State Attorneys General are on the front lines of protecting their state interests.   They are tasked with representing their states in legal disputes, issuing legal advice to state agencies and state legislatures, prosecuting violations of state law, and setting policy priorities that protect the interests of their states.  For example, State Attorneys General may bring consumer protection actions, operate victim compensation programs, or sponsor state legislation that protects natural resources in their state.  State Attorneys General are committed to protecting the legal interests of their state and often bring enforcement actions that promote the well-being of vulnerable and marginalized members of their state.