Rutledge Reorganizes Civil Department
July 1, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a reorganization of the Civil Department at the Attorney General’s Office. The State Agencies Division, which had functioned as a division within the Civil Department will now function as its own department. Meredith Blaise Rebsamen, a member of the Attorney General’s staff for nearly six years, has been named deputy attorney general for the State Agencies Department.
Attorneys in the State Agencies Department provide legal representation to the more than 200 State agencies, boards, commissions, two-year colleges and other entities. Agency attorneys provide day-to-day counseling, as well as assist their client agencies with promulgating rules and regulations, complying with the Freedom of Information Act, resolving personnel disputes and interpreting laws passed by the Arkansas General Assembly. The Civil Department will continue to represent State agencies, officials, boards and commissions when any are named as defendants in civil lawsuits.
“Arkansans deserve to have the Office of the Attorney General function as the State’s top law firm,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Included in that responsibility is ensuring that the office is best representing and providing top-notch legal advice to Arkansas’s numerous agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and other entities to resolve problems efficiently.
“I am excited to have Meredith as the new deputy attorney general of the State Agencies Department. Meredith has demonstrated herself as one of the finest attorneys in the Attorney General’s Office, and I have no doubt that through her experience, leadership and professionalism, the people of Arkansas will be well served.”
Rebsamen joined the Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general in the Agency Division of the Civil Department in October of 2009. During her tenure as an agency attorney, Rebsamen has represented nearly 50 state boards, agencies and commissions, as well as several two-year colleges. She previously practiced as a litigation associate at the Rose Law Firm. Rebsamen graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where she was executive editor of the UALR Law Review.
Since taking office, Rutledge has reorganized the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Public Protection Department to include sworn law enforcement officers, created the Military and Veterans Affairs Initiative, launched Attorney General Mobile Offices, started a series of Rutledge Roundtables being held in all 75 counties and plans to hire Arkansas’s first Solicitor General.