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Our Mission Statement is as follows:
The Office of the Secretary and General Counsel will support ACS leadership in developing, facilitating and communicating plans, programs, policies, and legal opinions which advance the vision of the Society while communicating chemistry related information and the importance of chemistry to our members, policymakers and the public.