Volume 2, Number 4

March 18, 2008

Message from the Executive Director
Jim McPherson
On March 10, I had the privilege of joining the National Association of Attorneys General staff as Executive Director. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of professionals who are dedicated to providing legal support to the Attorneys General and their staffs serving the people of their states, territories and district.
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NAAG Hosts Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.
NAAG hosted its annual Spring Meeting, March 3-5, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 40 Attorneys General from across the country attended, as well as representatives from the ranks of trade associations, law firms, federal and state government officials and staff from other interested agencies and associations.
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Recent Competition Advocacy by State Attorneys General
Emily Myers, Antitrust Counsel
As enforcers of state and federal antitrust laws and as chief legal officers of their jurisdictions, Attorneys General have a strong interest in protecting and preserving competition. Competition advocacy is an important part of their antitrust authority. Multistate groups of Attorneys General have filed briefs in several recent proceedings.
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Employee Spotlight
Hedda Litwin, Cybercrime Counsel
Hedda Litwin is not your average computer geek. In fact, her speech, often peppered with words like botnet, zombie, pharming, comsec, phreaking, honeypot and spoofing, demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of computers and the dangers that confront children and adults each time they log on. Since 2003, the New York city native has worked as NAAG?s Cybercrime Counsel, introducing assistant attorneys general across the country to the dark side of computer use. To date, through a joint effort with the University of Mississippi School of Law, NAAG has trained 650 prosecutors and civil enforcement attorneys.
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When Granddad Goes Missing: The Silver Alert Program
Judy McKee, End of Life Health Care Project Coordinator and Counsel
A report on the Alzheimer?s Association?s website notes that nearly 60 percent of people with Alzheimer?s disease will wander; up to 70 percent of wanderers do so repeatedly. According to this report, research estimates that more than 127,000 critical wandering incidents occur each year. Close to half of those citizens who are not found within 24 hours will become seriously injured or will die. Many states have launched Silver Alert programs to locate these missing individuals and ensure their safe return home to their families.
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NAGTRI Hosts Inaugural Appellate Practice Conference
Andrea Hampton, Civil Rights Project Manager
Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel

The National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI) launched its first training seminar and inaugural Appellate Practice Conference March 5-6, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 80 state attorneys from 38 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the conference. The focus of the day-and-a-half meeting was to provide advice and techniques for improving the attendees? brief writing and oral advocacy skills. Presenters included current and former state solicitors general, appellate attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice, state and federal court judges and private practitioners.
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