NAAG Counsel: Speaking Engagements and Appointments

NAAG counsel is often invited by the legal community and other organizations to speak on areas of expertise or to serve on a committee. The following are some recent speaking engagements and committee appointments.

Dennis Cuevas, Project Director and Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection
Dennis Cuevas, Consumer Protection counsel, will participate on a state enforcement update panel at the Advertisers’ and Marketers’ Regulatory Summit, June 25-26 in Washington, DC.


Karen Cordry, NAAG Bankruptcy Counsel
Karen Cordry, Bankruptcy counsel, spoke to the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (IMLA) in April about the interplay between the automatic stay in bankruptcy and the police and regulatory exceptions and bankruptcy preemption, primarily with regard to regulation of going-out-of-business (GOB) sales. In recent months, debtors have sought not only to limit laws specifically relating to GOB sales but also to impose overbroad restrictions in this area on general laws such as those regulating the use of “sign walkers.” IMLA presented Karen at the meeting with its Service Award for coordinating successful efforts among IMLA and NAAG in resisting these new attempts to bar enforcement activities.

Karen also spoke in April to the International Association of Industrial Accident Board and Commissions (IAIABC), the association that represents state workers’compensation administrators, on bankruptcy issues relating to their programs, particularly those relating to self-insured employers. Workers’ compensation benefits currently receive no specific protection in bankruptcy; the Attorneys General approved a 2004 resolution urging Congress to provide those benefits.

Karen has been appointed as one of the co-chairs of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Legislation Committee. The committee analyzes bills of interest and monitors congressional action. This year, there have been numerous proposed changes to the Bankruptcy Code.

Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel
Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court counsel, spoke at a February symposium sponsored by New York University Law School’s Annual Survey of American Law entitled “Tort Law in the Shadow of Agency Preemption.” He participated on a panel addressing federalism issues. Dan also served as a guest lecturer at a February seminar on Supreme Court practice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


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