National Association of Attorneys General
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is an organization of 56 state and territorial attorneys general in the United States. The members include the attorneys general of all 50 states and the equivalent chief legal officers of the District of Columbia, the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands.
- 1 Overview
- 2 The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI)
- 2.1 Center for Consumer Protection (CCP)
- 2.2 Center for Ethics and Public Integrity (CEPI)
- 2.3 Center for International Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration (CIPS-C)
- 2.4 Center for Leadership Development
- 2.5 Center for Legal Advocacy and Faculty Development (CLAFD)
- 3 References
- 4 External links
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.
The NAAG Mission Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization, was formed in 2002 with proceeds from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Its board consists of seven attorneys general, including the four current NAAG executive officers. The purpose of the Mission Foundation is to benefit NAAG’s mission by engaging in education, research, and training programs, supporting the enforcement of the MSA, and funding other NAAG programs and initiatives.
2020 Executive CommitteeEdit
The Executive Committee of the Association is charged with the leadership of Association operations. The Executive Committee comprises the four NAAG officers, four regional delegates, three presidential appointees and chair of the Mission Foundation. Votes for the Executive Committee take place on an annual basis.
- Attorney General Tim Fox (MT), President
- Attorney General Karl A. Racine (DC), President-Elect
- Attorney General Tom Miller (IA), Vice President
- Attorney General Jeff Landry (LA), Immediate Past President
- Attorney General TJ Donovan (VT), Chair, Eastern Region
- Attorney General Mike Hunter (OK), Chair, Midwestern Region
- Attorney General Josh Stein (NC), Chair, Southern Region
- Attorney General Hector Balderas (NM), Chair, Western Region
- Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID), Chair, Mission Foundation
- Attorney General Lynn Fitch (MS), Presidential Appointment
- Attorney General Aaron D. Ford (NV), Presidential Appointment
- Attorney General Bridget Hill (WY), Presidential Appointment
The Association serves as the national forum for attorneys general and their staff to collaboratively and effectively address issues important to their work and provides resources to support the work of the offices of attorneys general in protecting the Rule of Law and the United States Constitution.
NAAG Center for Supreme Court AdvocacyEdit
The NAAG Center for Supreme Court Advocacy helps states present cases effectively before the United States Supreme Court. The Center does this in a variety of ways, including: moot courts, editing briefs, conferences and trainings, amicus brief support, publications and the fellows program.
NAAG Center for Tobacco and Public HealthEdit
The NAAG Tobacco Center specializes in matters related to the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and is dedicated to helping the attorneys general of the signatory states (Settling States) interpret, implement, and enforce this agreement. With the leadership of the NAAG Tobacco Committee co-chairs, the Center is committed to providing legal expertise to the Settling States as they enforce the MSA.
In addition to the Executive Committee, NAAG has standing and special committees for dedicated issues. Standing committees remain in existence from year to year and a majority of NAAG members must vote to establish or sunset a standing committee. Special and ad hoc committees (including task forces and working groups) sunset after a year unless there is approval of a one-year extension by the NAAG Executive Committee.
Meetings and TrainingsEdit
NAAG meetings focus on being substantively relevant, foster an atmosphere of engagement and collegiality, and provide opportunities to develop meaningful professional relationships among the attorneys general, AG staff, and representatives from government, academia, associations and companies.
The Association hosts two annual meetings to allow attorneys general to discuss the latest legal developments and meet with federal officials: the Capital Form and Attorney General Symposium. The Capital Forum is held in Washington, D.C. and features NAAG leadership elections, an awards ceremony, and recognition of new and departing attorneys general. It is open to paid public registration. The Attorney General Symposium rotates location each year. Half of the program is open to paid public registration, while the other half is closed for attorneys general and attorney general staff.
NAAG region meetings are held at the discretion of the region chair and may occur on an annual basis. Other meetings with a specific focus on antitrust, bankruptcy, and consumer protection take place throughout the year.
NAAG Policy and Sign-On LettersEdit
Sign-on letters or comments are policy-oriented documents sent to members of Congress, congressional committees or federal agencies expressing the viewpoint of the attorneys general signatories. If a document reaches 36 attorneys general signatures, it becomes NAAG policy. Once becoming policy, sign-on letters are posted to NAAG's website.
The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI)Edit
The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) is the research and training arm of NAAG. 2008 marked the inaugural season for NAGTRI, which was created with a vote by the Executive Committee. NAGTRI’s mission is to provide high-quality, non-partisan, and innovative training, research and other developmental resources to support state and territorial attorneys general offices (AGOs).
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide advice, counsel, and expertise in the development of NAGTRI operations, to include curriculum and support to assistant attorneys general and other staff in NAAG’s 56 jurisdictions. The Advisory Board is charged with providing candid assessments of what NAGTRI can do better. Most importantly, NAGTRI staff relies on the Board to ensure that they are being responsive to the needs of AG staffs.
The NAGTRI Training Committee is charged with overseeing the delivery of high-quality, responsive and innovative training and research. The Committee ensures NAGTRI meets its mission. The Committee's goals include guiding NAGTRI in its expansion, standardization and increase in the professional quality of research and training while establishing expectations and accountability for long-term growth.
NAGTRI created the CCP in 2017 as the nation’s only entity solely dedicated to provide training, research, expertise, and other resources to the staff working in attorneys general offices and other government attorneys and staff committed to protecting the public against consumer fraud and abuse, and the misuse of charitable resources, particularly at the state level.
The Center for Consumer Protection’s (CCP) mission is to assist and enable state and territorial attorneys general in protecting the public in the areas of consumer protection and charitable asset and entity oversight by providing information, technical assistance, and support; facilitating cooperation among attorney general staff through open dialogue and advanced communication systems; planning, organizing, and conducting training and seminars for the exchange of ideas and information on relevant matters; and promoting the development of effective programs and education for the protection of the public.
In 2019, CCP launched a new consumer-focused website.
Center for Ethics and Public Integrity (CEPI)Edit
CEPI was created in August 2016. CEPI provides anticorruption and ethics training through courses ranging from one to five days. CEPI is also a resource for prosecutors and others seeking information about corruption prevention and anticorruption enforcement, particularly at the state level.
The CEPI mission is to provide training, research and technical assistance to prosecutors involved in the fight against corruption, and to provide training and other resources on the ethical practice of law by government attorneys.
Center for International Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration (CIPS-C)Edit
NAGTRI’s vision is to be recognized as the premier organization for training and research throughout the government legal, law enforcement, and prosecutorial arenas. In furtherance of these goals, in 2019 NAGTRI created the Center for International Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration (CIPS-C) as the hub for all external and international partnerships.
CIPS-C’s (CIPS-C) mission is to continue to grow NAAG’s and NAGTRI’s international presence on behalf of the attorney general community through its time-tested and effective commitment to high-quality, non-partisan, and unbiased work.
NAGTRI International Fellows ProgramEdit
The purpose of the NAGTRI International Fellows Program is to provide a forum for elite government attorneys from around the world to learn from each other, explore common issues together, and establish an international network to the mutual benefit of their respective offices.
Center for Leadership DevelopmentEdit
The Center supports supervisory staff in state and territorial attorneys general offices by providing a cohesive learning experience in areas of managerial leadership, with opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills needed to work through every day challenges. Instruction and resources are customized to meet the unique needs and characteristics of an attorney general's office.
The NAGTRI Center for Leadership Development serves the state and territorial attorneys general by offering trainings, programs and resources to assist leaders and managers in their efforts to maximize organizational and individual performance.
Center for Legal Advocacy and Faculty Development (CLAFD)Edit
NAGTRI created the Center for Legal Advocacy and Faculty Development (CLAFD) to consolidate and expand its long-standing efforts and excellence in the field of legal skills training. In creating CLAFD, NAAG is emphasizing its commitment to offering the most current and innovative legal training to attorneys general and their staffs.
CLAFD's goal is to provide innovative, legal skills training to members of the attorney general community in areas such as legal writing, civil and criminal pre-trial, trial, and appellate advocacy, agency practice, and other lawyering skills. The Center will continue to meet NAGTRI's needs for multi-level, targeted skills develoment and is structured to respond to the evolving needs of attorneys general offices. The Center oversees NAGTRI faculty across all initiatives and centers and will work to increase faculty size and scope through dedicated and strategic recruiting.
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