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Education Section

The forty-five lawyers in the Education Section provide advice, counsel and guidance to the Commonwealth's educational institutions, including the Commonwealth's public colleges and universities and museums, all under the Secretariat of Education. For the Department of Education and K-12, this guidance often directly influences local schools in implementing the Standards of Learning and Standards of Quality, providing access to technology for disadvantaged students, maintaining discipline and safety on school grounds, complying with federal education programs, and improving school facilities. Virginia’s fourteen colleges and twenty-three community colleges are self-contained communities with the full range of legal needs: campus safety and security, admission and educational quality issues, personnel issues, the proper relationship between colleges and the Commonwealth, contracts, procurement, and financing. The education section also provides legal services to Virginia's museums.

 

Institutions and Agencies Represented:
Secretary of Education University of Virginia-Wise Department of Education
Christopher Newport University Virginia Military Institute Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
College of William and Mary Virginia State University State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
George Mason University Virginia Tech Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
James Madison University Richard Bland College Science Museum of Virginia
Longwood University Virginia Community College System Library of Virginia
Norfolk State University Virginia Institute of Marine Science Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Old Dominion University Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Frontier Culture Museum
Radford University Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Gunston Hall
University of Mary Washington New College Institute Museum of Natural History
University of Virginia Ash Lawn-Highland Virginia Commision for the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University    

 

 

Carrie Nee

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Education Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219




 

 

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Compliance & Transparency Counsel

The Compliance and Transparency Counsel leads the Office in its public integrity efforts, such as Compliance with the Conflicts of Interests Act and the Office’s ethics policy and gift ban as well as the Freedom of Information Act, which governs the public’s access to existing documents. Counsel oversees the procurement and management of outside counsel engagements to insure that, when outside counsel is required, state bodies receive top-flight legal services at a savings to the Commonwealth.

 

Shawri J. King-Casey

Compliance & Transparency Counsel

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Programs & Community Outreach

Attorney General Mark Herring aims to ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth have access to all of the resources and services of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). To that end, he has created a centralized team to ensure that all of the resources of the office are afforded to Virginia communities. This team is located in the Executive Division to emphasize a focus on serving all of Virginia’s citizens. OAG Programs include the following: Virginia Rules, Domestic Violence Services, Victim Assistance, Identity Theft Passport Program, Gang Prevention, Human Trafficking training, the Address Confidentiality Program, Re-Entry coordination for local jails, Lethality Assessment Protocol Assistance and Triad.

Community Outreach Coordinators have been placed in each region of throughout the Commonwealth to provide information about initiatives and resources of the Office of the Attorney General to communities and to link constituents with program resources. Coordinators are available to work with or present to school groups, homeowners associations, civic groups, organizations for seniors, law enforcement, human services providers, and others on crime prevention and OAG programs. Outreach Coordinators also represent the Office of the Attorney General on a variety of task forces and work groups within their region.

 

 

 

Shannon Freeman

Acting Director of Programs & Community Outreach

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Solicitor General

The Office of Solicitor General represents the Commonwealth in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and federal circuit courts in non-capital cases that call into question the constitutionality of a state statute or that bear on sensitive policies of the Commonwealth. The Office also assists other Divisions of the Office of Attorney General with constitutional and appellate issues.

Toby J. Heytens, Solicitor General

Bio

Toby Heytens became Virginia's sixth Solicitor General in February 2017. He previously spent eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, coached the three-time national champion undergraduate trial advocacy team, and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2016. Heytens previously spent three years at the Office of the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where he advised the Solicitor General and the Attorney General and argued six cases before the United States Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Judge Edward R. Becker, Heytens is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

 

 

 

Principal Deputy Solicitor General & Executive Division Counsel

Photo of Matthew R. McGuire - Acting Deputy Solicitor General

Bio

Matthew R. McGuire serves as Principal Deputy Solicitor General & Executive Division Counsel.  He previously served as Deputy Solicitor General.  Before joining the Office of Attorney General, Matt worked in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jones Day, where he represented public and private companies in litigation involving primarily administrative and constitutional law issues.  Prior to that he served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (now the Antonin Scalia Law School).  He was born and raised in Virginia and has spent most of his life in the greater Richmond area.