It shall be the duty of the attorney general, to institute, or defend, any action
or proceeding to which the state, or the commissioner or the board, is or may be a
party, or in which the interests of the state are involved, in any court of this state,
or any other state, or of the United States, or in any department of the United States,
or before any board or tribunal, when requested so to do by the commissioner, or the
board, or upon the attorney general's own initiative.
The commissioner is authorized to represent the state in any such action or proceeding
relating to any public lands of the state.
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