The Supervisory Attorney for the American Law Division (ALD) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) leads a section of ALD legislative attorneys who advise Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staff on legal questions of national and international significance.
Service to Congress: Directs and supervises legal research, analysis, and writing for Congress on questions of national or international importance that arise during the legislative process. Through critical review, ensures that legal research, analysis, and writing is authoritative, confidential, nonpartisan, objective, and timely; reflects the congressional agenda; and responds to the legislative needs of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with congressional clients, which may include Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staff.
Projects and Collaboration: Directly supervises a section of ALD legislative attorneys as well as multiple subject matter teams of ALD legislative attorneys and may, as directed by the ALD Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director (AD/DAD), design, organize, coordinate, and implement major projects, programs, and initiatives related to sensitive and complex legal questions of national or international importance. Coordinates and collaborates with counterparts in other CRS divisions to design, develop, and implement multidisciplinary projects, programs, and initiatives related to complex legal questions of national or international significance. Ensures that legislative attorney contributions to the Constitution Annotated of the United States—a comprehensive treatise mandated by Congress to provide legal analysis and interpretation of the Constitution—remain accurate and timely through historical research, analysis of current developments in constitutional law, and review and assimilation of practice materials and academic discourse.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.