[Title 28 CFR E]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - July 1, 2002 Edition]
[Title 28 - JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION]
[Chapter I - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE]
[Part 0 - ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE]
[Subpart E - Office of Legal Counsel]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


28JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION12002-07-012002-07-01falseOffice of Legal CounselESubpart EJUDICIAL ADMINISTRATIONDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
                   Subpart E--Office of Legal Counsel



Sec. 0.25  General functions.

    The following-described matters are assigned to, and shall be 
conducted, handled, or supervised by, the Assistant Attorney General, 
Office of Legal Counsel:
    (a) Preparing the formal opinions of the Attorney General; rendering 
informal opinions and legal advice to the various agencies of the 
Government; and assisting the Attorney General in the performance of his 
functions as legal adviser to the President and as a member of, and 
legal adviser to, the Cabinet.
    (b) Preparing and making necessary revisions of proposed Executive 
orders and proclamations, and advising as to their form and legality 
prior to their transmission to the President; and performing like 
functions with respect to regulations and other similar matters which 
require the approval of the President or the Attorney General.
    (c) Rendering opinions to the Attorney General and to the heads of 
the various organizational units of the Department on questions of law 
arising in the administration of the Department.
    (d) Approving proposed orders of the Attorney General, and orders 
which require the approval of the Attorney General, as to form and 
legality and as to consistency and conformity with existing orders and 
memoranda.
    (e) Coordinating the work of the Department of Justice with respect 
to the participation of the United States in the United Nations and 
related international organizations and advising with respect to the 
legal aspects of treaties and other international agreements.
    (f) When requested, advising the Attorney General in connection with 
his review of decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals and other 
organizational units of the Department.
    (g) Designating within the Office of Legal Counsel:
    (1) A liaison officer, and an alternate, as a representative of the 
Department in all matters concerning the filing of departmental 
documents with the Office of the Federal Register, and

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    (2) A certifying officer, and an alternate, to certify copies of 
documents required to be filed with the Office of the Federal Register 
(1 CFR 16.1).
    (h) Approving certain blind trusts, as required by section 
202(f)(4)(B) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 92 Stat. 1843.
    (i) Consulting with the Director of the Office of Government Ethics 
regarding the development of policies, rules, regulations, procedures 
and forms relating to ethics and conflicts of interest, as required by 
section 402 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 92 Stat. 1862.
    (j) Taking actions to ensure implementation of Executive Order 12612 
(entitled ``Federalism''), including determining which Department 
policies have sufficient federalism implications to warrant preparation 
of a Federalism Assessment, reviewing Assessments for adequacy, and 
executing certifications for the Assessments.
    (k) Performing such special duties as may be assigned by the 
Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or the Associate Attorney 
General from time to time.

[Order 423-69, 34 FR 20388, Dec. 31, 1969, as amended by Order 445-70, 
35 FR 19397, Dec. 23, 1970; Order 623-75, 40 FR 42746, Sept. 16, 1975; 
Order 960-81, 46 FR 52342, Oct. 27, 1981; Order 1054-84, 49 FR 10118, 
Mar. 19, 1984; Order 1260-88, 53 FR 9435, Mar. 23, 1988]