Legal Assistance

SCAC's legal staff provides legal assistance to county governments regarding legal issues that affect county government operations. The staff works through the county attorney and outside counsel (if retained by a county) to resolve these issues.

The association's legal services include providing informal telephone consultations; researching and providing pertinent statutes, case law and Attorney General's opinions upon request; assisting counties in cases involving statewide interest at the trial and appellate levels; preparing information advisory opinions and appearing as an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court).

SCAC's staff also researches and compiles a monthly update of proposed regulations and case opinions from the appellate courts that potentially affect county government operations.

Each year, the association sponsors the Local Government Attorneys' Institute—one of the largest seminars for public sector attorneys in the state—which is attended by attorneys from the counties, municipalities and state agencies. This event remains a favorite CLE function as it consistently provides a forum for legal instruction through dynamic faculty with valuable opportunities for networking and fellowship. The program qualifies for six hours of Continuing Legal Education.