Public corruption cases are often the most challenging, sensitive and complicated criminal matters that state attorneys face. This class will focus on the challenges the criminal jurisdiction of attorneys general with a discussion of the appropriate ways in which state attorneys general respond to allegations of corruption and ethics violations by state and local elected officials.

The flip side of this issue is that several attorneys general have themselves been subject to criminal prosecution for actions taken while in office, and have also been criticized for ethical violations on a wide variety of issues.