Legal Counsel Division
The Legal Counsel Division provides advice - oral and written - on any legal issue, upon request, to the Mayor, the Attorney General, department and agency heads, other executive employees, the Council of the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Courts. The Division also reviews draft legislation, rulemakings, Mayor's Orders and inter-agency MOAs/MOUs for legal sufficiency, reviews all Council-enrolled bills that are presented to the Mayor, prepares legislation and rulemakings, and prepares opinions, legal memoranda, letters, Office Orders, and other documents for the Attorney General's signature. The Division reviews requests to the Attorney General by agencies to hire outside legal counsel, and performs any necessary conflict of interest reviews. In addition, the District’s Ethics Counselor is a member of the Legal Counsel Division.
Additionally, the Deputy Attorney General for the Legal Counsel Division provides oversight of the legal staffs at the Department of Health Care Finance, Office of Aging, and the legal adviser for the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances. The District’s Health Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) Officer is also under the administrative supervision of LCD’s Deputy Attorney General.