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Volume 8, Number 4
NAAG Supreme Court Fellows Chosen for Spring
The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for several months during the Courtís argument session. During this time, they watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the biweekly Supreme Court Report. The following two fellows are working with the NAAG Supreme Court counsel through June:
Anne Egeler is the head of the State Appellate Assistance Program in the Washington Attorney Generalís Office. She has been in the Solicitor Generalís Division of the Washington office since 2007, and in this capacity she edits appellate briefs in both civil and criminal cases, briefs and argues cases before the Washington Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and prepares attorneys for argument. In addition, she occasionally files briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Beginning in 1990, she worked in positions within both the Revenue Division and the Utilities and Transportation Division of the Washington Attorney Generalís Office. She is the recipient of a ďBest Merits BriefĒ award from NAAG and two Excellence Awards from the Washington attorney general recognizing her outstanding contributions to the office.
Anne is a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services where she provides legal advice to victims of domestic violence.
She received her bachelorís degree in Political Science from the University of Washington, and her J.D. from Seattle University. In addition to volunteer work, Anne enjoys spending time with her family, cross-country skiing, reading, and snow-shoeing.
Laura Chiasson is an assistant attorney general in the Capital Litigation Section of the Arizona Attorney Generalís Office. In this role she researches, drafts briefs, and argues all post-conviction matters in capital cases. The cases include direct appeals and collateral post-conviction relief actions in state courts, habeas corpus actions in the federal district court, and appeals in those cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to her current position in the Capital Litigation Section, Laura worked in the Criminal Appeals Section of the Arizona Attorney Generalís Office where she was recognized as the Attorney of the Year in 2011.
Aside from her legal work experience, Laura assisted in the implementation of a curbside recycling program in the county of Los Alamos, N.M., and also worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Mexico supporting the division director on a research project in the area of water resources.
Laura received her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law and is a member of the Arizona State Bar as well as the Bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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