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Maryland Attorney General Assists Guam - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is lending the expertise and professional skills of Maryland Deputy Counsel Janet Bush Handy to appear as co-counsel with the Guam Attorney General’s Office in one of the largest condemnation cases on Guam, and the only condemnation case on Guam relating to a landfill. Through an agreement between the offices of the Guam and Maryland Attorneys General, Ms. Handy was selected because of her experience in eminent domain law. She is assisting in a case pending in the Guam Superior Court regarding the amount of just compensation to be paid to the landowners of the property acquired by the Government of Guam for the construction of the Layon landfill in Inarajan, Guam.

Last May, Ms. Handy was appointed as a special assistant attorney general to Guam and she has been authorized to represent GovGuam in the case after being admitted to the bar of Guam, Pro Hac Vice. Since that time she has worked on this case in addition to her duties in Maryland. Her salary continues to be funded by Maryland while she is working on this case far from her family and home near Baltimore.

During an April 13, 2011 breakfast ceremony, Guam Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas presented Ms. Handy with an engraved ifilwood carving in appreciation of her assistance. Ifilwood is the national tree of Guam and is considered symbolic of the courage and stamina of Guam’s indigenous Chamorro people.

“This assistance and cooperation among Attorneys General embodies the spirit of NAAG,” said Attorney General Rapadas. “We can be neighboring states or separated by the country and an ocean, it doesn’t matter, we will assist each other in the best way we can.”

Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden traveled March 7 – 10 to Zagreb, Croatia on behalf of NAAG in response to an invitation from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen to speak at an international conference. “Counter Corruption Best Practices – Increased Effectiveness through Interagency and Multi-Sectoral Approaches” was co-organized by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The conference focused on ways to make government more open, transparent and ethical. Those in attendance included elected officials, prosecutors, members of civil society, and others.

Attorney General Biden shared his perspectives to representatives of about 20 Central and Eastern European nations during a criminal justice session that examined specialized legal frameworks and institutions that have proven effective in combating corruption.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was one of three speakers during a March 17 webinar on the “Role of the State Attorneys General in Public Health.” It was hosted by the Public Health Law Network. The webinar examined the powers of the Attorneys General, cited public health examples of Attorneys General in action, and provided tips for public health professionals about working with Attorneys General offices. The other presenters were Johns Hopkins Professor Lainie Rutkow and Public Health Law Center Attorney Julie Ralston. Over 300 people viewed the webinar, which can be seen here.

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Guam Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas presents an ifi lwood plaque to Maryland Deputy AG Janet Bush Handy.

DELAWARE ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSEPH "BEAU" BIDEN.

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CZECH REPUBLIC NORM EISEN.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL.