Division of Public Rights
Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Analysts, Auditors, Investigators, Clericals, and Student Assistants/Interns.
The mission of the Public Rights Division is to safeguard the state’s environment, lands, and natural resources; maintain competitive markets; prevent fraudulent business practices; protect consumers against misleading advertising claims; monitor Indian and Gaming practices; preserve charitable assets, and protect the civil rights of individuals. The division is
organized into ten units as summarized below:
Natural Resources Section represents state agencies responsible for enforcing and administering laws and programs that protect California’s environment and natural resources.
Environment Section enforces state and federal environmental laws affecting California’s natural resources, its communities and public health.
Land Law Section handles litigation involving lands owned and administered by the state.
Antitrust Section enforces federal and state antitrust laws and the state’s unfair competition statute.
Consumer Law Section protects consumers against unsafe products, deceptive and unfair business practices and misleading advertising.
Charitable Trusts Section has jurisdiction over the activities and financial records of California’s 80,000 charities, charitable trusts and nonprofit corporations.
Civil Rights Enforcement Section protects and promotes the civil rights of all California residents and represents state agencies responsible for civil rights enforcement.
Indian and Gaming Law Section consults and advises the Governor in connection with tribal-state compact negotiations, and Indian law issues.
Tobacco Litigation and Enforcement Section monitors and enforces recent tobacco company restrictions and prohibitions pursuant to court order, and enforces other tobacco related laws.
Energy Task Force is currently investigating the electricity and natural gas emergency facing California.