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Formal Opinions of Counsel

The Office of Counsel has issued formal opinions since the 1950s on a variety of issues within the Department’s jurisdiction.  Below are digital scans of these opinions and an index containing the headings/subjects of each opinion.  The index is a Microsoft Word file that can be searched.

You can request the issuance of a formal opinion by emailing

Currently, Opinions 1-117 and 240-243 are available.  The Office of Counsel is currently digitizing Opinions 118-239.