While the U.S. Supreme Court and various circuit courts have tried to provide guidance on how best to determine whether a particular obligation owed to a government entity is a "tax," "fee," "penalty," or a simple contract debt, clarity on the subject remains lacking. This article aims to offer more clarity and ensure governments that find themselves in bankruptcy cases can avoid state losses.
This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.
“First, Do No Harm”: Criminal Prosecutions of Doctors for Distributing Controlled Substances Outside of Legitimate Medical Need
NAGTRI revisited a 2007 study on physicians who had been prosecuted for prescribing controlled substances. The goal of this project was to determine if there had been any shift in the numbers of prosecutions, patient addictions, or states issuing opioid prescription guidelines since the 2007 study in an effort to curb the opioid abuse epidemic across the country.
This article explores the costly effects of abandoned properties within municipalities and how attorneys general offices have used land banks to revitalize communities in their states.
This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. This issue addresses how managers can make reasonable efforts to ensure that the lawyers they supervise conduct themselves ethically. It notes that the legal profession is struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues in a much higher proportion than the general population.
A deputy attorney general from Indiana discusses the complexities of weaving religious studies into public school curricula and which school systems have run the legal gamut as a result.
This article addresses three areas for
consideration in regards to leadership development: building a culture of leadership, fostering employee engagement, and embracing change. It also suggests practices and behaviors to help meet related managerial challenges.