Students who participate in an externship position with the Secretary of State�s General Counsel will become involved in a wide variety of legal issues. The General Counsel deals with all legal matters affecting the Office of the Secretary of State. Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. The Office of the Secretary of State offers important services to Georgia citizens and the business community. Among the Office�s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum. Under the supervision of the General Counsel, students will research and analyze matters ranging from issues raised by various Divisions within the Office of the Secretary of State to litigation affecting the Secretary of State. A significant portion of the work involves legal research and drafting memoranda or other written materials such as presentations, contract review, and providing guidance with respect to employment-related issues. During the legislative session, externs may become involved in analyzing legislation and addressing legal issues involving the Secretary of State’s legislative agenda. Externs are also often exposed to the inner workings of government and will meet and interact with policy makers.


Vincent Russo, General Counsel


Office of the Georgia Secretary of State
214 State Capitol

Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 404-656-2881