Attorneys in the Litigation Division are skilled and seasoned professionals representing agencies and individual employees across the entire spectrum of state government as well as school districts, who are sued for money damages in cases insured by the State Division of Risk Management. Those attorneys exercise independent, professional judgment and render candid advice, referring not only to the law but also to moral, economic, social and political considerations relevant to the individual client’s situation. Clients are kept advised of developments in their cases and invited to participate in decisions made during the litigation. On average, about 300 active lawsuits are pending in the division at any given time. To handle a litigation load of this scale, the division is staffed with 22 skilled trial and appellate lawyers and a dedicated support staff of paralegals, secretaries and law clerks. The Division is organized into sections to handle civil rights cases, tort cases, employment law cases and appeals.