The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has named Sarah I. Swanson as its new General Counsel, effective September 1.
In this newly created position, Swanson will provide legal guidance to TSLAC leadership and the Commission. Her work involves interpreting laws, regulations and rules; preparing contract and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel to agency’s oversight commission, executive management and program managers; representing the agency in cases brought before the State Office of Administrative Hearings; serving as the agency’s liaison for agency matters with the Office of the Attorney General; acting as the agency’s Public Information Officer; consulting with other attorneys; drafting language for legislative consideration relating to the agency; advising and supporting the Administrative Division in its legal functions relating to purchasing, human resources and accounting.
Swanson, an Austin native, received her undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, she was an Associate General Counsel with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for over six years, Deputy Director of General Law for the Public Utility Commission of Texas for over eight years and an Assistant Attorney General in the Open Records Division, Office of the Attorney General, for two years.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.