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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962
(1962)

Constitutional executive departments,   pp. [309]-342 PDF (9.6 MB)


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WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
                    ATTORNEY GENERAL
Attorney General: JOHN W. REYNOLDS.
Deputy Attorney General: N. S. HEFFERNAN.
Assistant Attorneys General: JOHN E. ARMSTRONG; RICHARD E. BAR-
    RETT; JOHN H. BOWERS; LEROY L. DALTON; A. J. FEIFAREK; ALBERT
    0. HARRIMAN; BEATRICE LAMPERT; MORTIMER LEVITAN; JAMES H.
    MCDERMOTT; Roy G. MITA; HAROLD H. PERSONS; WILLIAM       A.
    PLATZ; WARREN H. RESH; GEORGE SCHWAHN; JAY SCHWARTZ;
    GEORGE F. SIEKER; ROY G. TULANE; ROBERT J. VERGERONT; JAMES
    R. WEDLAKE; WILLIAM H. WILKER; E. WESTON WOOD.
Chief Investigator: MILO W. OTTOW.
Office: State Capitol.
Publication: Opinions of the Attorney General (quarterly in pam-
    phlet form and an annual bound volume).
    The Attorney General is a constitutional officer. The office
of Attorney General is established by Article VI, Section 1 of the
Wisconsin Constitution. The first Attorney General of Wisconsin
was James S. Brown who took his oath of office on June 7, 1848.
John W. Reynolds is Wisconsin's 34th Attorney General.
   The Attorney General is chosen on a partisan ballot by the
electors of the state for a term of 2 years. He is the chief law
officer of the state and must be admitted to the practice of law
in the state. He is required by law to furnish all legal services
to the departments and divisions of state government, the district
attorneys, and the corporation counsel. As the chief law officer
of the state, the Attorney General has a supervisory control over
the legal affairs of the state agencies and they are guided by his
advice. The Attorney General's staff is appointed by the Attorney
General and with the exception of the Deputy Attorney General
such appointments are subject to the requirements of the state
civil service law. In addition to the duties described generally
above, the Attorney General is one of the 3 Commissioners of
Public Lands. He or one of his staff also serves as a member of
the following agencies: State Medical Grievance Committee, Ju-
dicial Council, Board of Canvassers, Claims Commission, Group
Insurance Board, Board of Trustees of the State Library, State
Crime Laboratory Board, Natural Resources Committee of State
Agencies, Legislative Council's Menominee Indian Study Commit-
tee, and Committee on Public Records.
  Duties of the Attorney General.
  1. Represents the state in nearly all civil actions in which the
     state is a party and all state and federal courts including
     the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Courts. He represents the
     state in all criminal cases in the Supreme Court and appears
     in cases in the trial courts when expressly authorized by
     statute or when requested to do so by the Governor, either
     branch of the Legislature, and in some cases by state depart-
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