New NDAA Executive Director Named

Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)

Scott Burns has been named executive director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), a 7,000-member organization of elected and appointed state and local prosecutors.

Burns spent more than 15 years as the district attorney in Iron County, Utah, before serving as deputy director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from 2002-2007. In 2007, he became ONDCP deputy director, a position he held until recently.

“Prosecutors measure their success not by conviction rate but by whether justice is done in their communities and, as importantly, whether the people in those communities feel that justice is being done,” said Burns.

NAAG Executive Director Jim McPherson said, “NAAG’s relationship with NDAA is vitally important to our membership. As the third pillar of the prosecution structure [federal, state, and local], the role of the local prosecuting attorney is essential to government’s mission of serving and protecting its citizens.”

“Scott brings a wealth of experience having served as a district attorney and a federal policy maker. I look forward to working closely with him as we partner with NDAA to serve our members and help them serve their citizens,” McPherson said.

One NDAA goal includes obtaining funding for the John Justice Act, named after a former NDAA president, that would provide student loan debt relief for both young prosecutors and public defenders in order to encourage the best young lawyers to dedicate their careers to public justice.

Burns leads a staff of 42 in the Alexandria, Va., headquarters and Columbia, S.C. NDAA consists of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the National College of District Attorneys and the National Advocacy Center. NDAA’s board of directors is made up of representatives of all 50 states.

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