State Agencies Department
As required by State law, attorneys in the State Agencies Department provide legal representation to the more than 275 State agencies, boards, commissions and higher education institutions. As legal counsel for these State entities, attorneys provide advice and representation in matters including administrative law, regulatory law, employment law, contract law and property law.
For boards and commissions with licensing authority over professionals such as pharmacists, appraisers, engineers and social workers, the department’s attorneys prosecute citizen complaints against professionals who violate the terms of their license. When board decisions on such cases are appealed, attorneys represent the boards before the Arkansas Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals and Arkansas Supreme Court.
State Agencies Department attorneys also assist their client agencies with complying with the Freedom of Information Act, resolving disputes with employees and interpreting the laws passed by the Arkansas General Assembly.
General Rutledge addresses participants in the State Agencies Continuing Legal Education training May 25, 2016.
General Rutledge made it a priority for her office to lead trainings for government attorneys and administrators.
2015 at a Glance
- Represented clients in 261 administrative hearings
- Defended 62 administrative decisions appealed under Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act to circuit courts in 16 counties
- Involved in 6 cases that advanced to Arkansas Court of Appeals
2016 at a Glance
- Represented clients in 184 administrative hearings
- Defended 68 administrative decisions appealed under Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act to circuit courts in 17 counties
- Involved in 7 cases that advanced to Arkansas Court of Appeals
2016 Training for Directors and In-House Counsel
- Arkansas Procurement Law
- Best Practices for Processing Complaints
- Complying with the Arkansas Record Retention Schedule
- Conducting Investigations: Practical Human Resources Pointers for Government Employers
- Freedom of Information Act Meeting Requirements
- Implementing Overtime Rule Changes
- Legislative Advocacy
- Processing Freedom of Information Act Requests
- Promulgating Board Rules
- Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Charges