State Auditor May Not Retain Outside Counsel without Attorney General Approval or Opportunity to Represent Agency
State agencies in Mississippi may not retain private attorneys without first seeking representation from the attorney general, according to the Mississippi supreme court in White v. Jernigan Copeland Attys., PLLC, 346 So. 3d 887 (Miss. 2022). In 2012, Mississippi’s State Auditor entered into a memorandum of understanding with a law firm, retaining them for the…
Masterclass Series: Proactive Pretrial Practices for Defensive Litigation
Masterclass Series: Proactive Pretrial Practices for Defensive Litigation This program will explore how civil defense practitioners can advance the interest of their clients in the early stages of litigation through preemptive & tactical discovery techniques and pre-trial motions.
Preventing and Litigating Hate Crimes
This course on preventing and litigating hate crimes presents an overview of national hate crimes trends; discuss when it is sensible for your office to collaborate with partners on hate crime cases or initiatives; share how partnerships and client agencies may work together to derive beneficial outcomes for all-involved parties; highlight hate crime homicide and civil cases handled through successful collaborative efforts; and review available resources.
Working With Claims Administrators
This course covers the life cycle of a case involving a claims administrator including when it is beneficial to use a claims administrator, questions attorney general offices should pose when hiring a claims administrator, and how a claims administrator handles large and small cases.
The Evolving Debate Over Batson’s Procedures for Peremptory Challenges
This article considers the procedures for obtaining a fair and representative jury, specifically the procedures established in Batson v. Kentucky, and then discusses proposals to strengthen steps one, two, and/or three of those procedures.
State Action Immunity Update
The state action immunity doctrine is an important protection for state regulatory boards and other non-state entities.
A Reinterpretation With Unintended Consequences: Did the USDOJ Just Declare Your State Lottery Illegal?
In sum, the 2018 Opinion could directly impact one of the state’s most meaningful sources of revenue—the state lottery.
Disaster Recovery: Spotlight on State Courts
The year-long presidential initiative for Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been a focus on innovative techniques that attorney general offices can use to serve their senior constituents. This article provides a road map as to how one state, the Oregon Department of Justice, is working to protect their citizens against elder fraud and abuse.