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Attorneys General Assemble for NAAG Winter Meeting and New AG Orientation

The Florida Attorney General’s Office hosted the NAAG New Attorneys General Orientation and Winter Meeting, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. An unprecedented number of newly elected and appointed Attorneys General attended the orientation where they received a warm welcome to NAAG from their colleagues and the NAAG staff. In addition to the traditional presentations from veteran Attorneys General, chief deputies, and NAAG staff on a wide range of practical subjects, the orientation included two panels consisting of members from the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE) who provided their wisdom and insights. Without a doubt, the highlight of the two-day orientation was provided by thought-provoking and inspiring presentations by former Attorneys General Michael Turpen and Steve Clark.

The NAAG Winter Meeting featured discussions on the theme of “Exploring Legal Issues for the New Decade”. Guest speakers included Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general , Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission, and former Attorney General Mark Earley, now president and CEO of Prison Fellowship. Attorneys General learned about “Badges for Baseball”, a juvenile delinquency prevention program between the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and law enforcement that is successfully working in several states. Judge Susan Carbon, director, Office of Violence Against Women, offered new ways for Attorneys General to work with her office.

In addition to an Attorneys General roundtable exchange of current issues, panel topics included Fighting Financial Fraud (the focus of this year’s Presidential Initiative by NAAG President Roy Cooper), Combating Human Trafficking, and the Role of the Attorney General in the Evolution of Civil Rights in the 21st Century. This panel was followed by a screening of the documentary “Neshoba – The Price of Freedom” which was introduced by Attorneys General Martha Coakley (MA) and Jim Hood (MS). Attorney General Hood was featured in the film for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers.

The NAAG Spring Meeting is scheduled for March 7 – 9, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Registration materials and meeting information will be available in January.

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Alabama AG-Elect Luther Strange, left, and Arizona AG-Elect Tom Horne at New AG Orientation.

NJ Attorney General Paula Dow, left, leads a panel discussion on the chief deputy’s role that included Kay Winfree, Maryland chief deputy.

President Roy Cooper, left, presents gifts to outgoing Michigan AG Mike Cox.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker at the Winter Meeting dinner.