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Volume 3, Number 5
June 30, 2009
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning Elected NAAG President
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning was unanimously elected June 17 by the members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to become the Association?s 102nd president. Elections were held during NAAG?s 2009 Summer Meeting, June 16-18, in Colorado Springs where nearly 200 participants, including 30 Attorneys General and their key staff, met to discuss critical state legal issues.
Valerie Gillis, Staff Accountant
From bookkeeping to handling invoices, Valerie Gillis has excelled in her position as accounting clerk at NAAG. After joining the staff in November 2008, Valerie quickly adapted to her new role. In this capacity, she handles accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other day- to- day accounting tasks. Her love of numbers and colleagues has made for a perfect fit during her short time at NAAG.
States Active in Recent Mega Bankruptcies
Karen Cordry, Bankruptcy Counsel
In recent weeks, the states have been extremely active in several major bankruptcies, often on very short notice, and on a wide variety of topics. Huge bankruptcies, such as GM and Chrysler are processed as pre-packaged cases, with the main assets being scheduled for sale within six weeks of the filing. As such, these developments underscore the need for offices to develop bankruptcy expertise so that they can hit the ground running when these cases are filed.
“Flowers Which Are Born To Blush Unseen”: This Supreme Court Term’s Sleeper Cases
Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel
Often, the cases that prove most important to future litigants are not those that garnered the headlines or prompted a flood of amicus briefs. Sometimes the less-publicized cases, the sleeper cases, end up mattering the most. With that in mind, here is a quick look at some recent rulings by the Supreme Court that have so far ?blush[ed] unseen,? but which, from the states? perspective, ought to be studied quite closely.
Reform Plan Proposes to Restructure Financial Industry
Ellen Taverna, Project Manager and Counsel, Consumer Protection Project
Americans continue to suffer from the economic crisis facing our nation. Not only did the financial crisis create multi-billion dollar company bailouts, extensive job losses and a troubled housing market, but it also exposed the many inadequacies in consumer and investor protection of our financial services industry. In hopes to restore confidence in the integrity of our financial system and help prevent future economic damage to American consumers and businesses, President Obama, joined by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, recently unveiled a comprehensive regulatory reform plan to restructure the financial sector.
Inaugural Sorrell Lecture on Tobacco Policy and Enforcement Given
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the American Legacy Foundation® were proud to kick off the William H. Sorrell Lecture Series on Tobacco Policy and Enforcement June 17 during the 2009 NAAG Summer Meeting in Colorado Springs. Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco and former president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, delivered the inaugural Sorrell lecture to the Attorneys General, their staff and other meeting attendees.
Law Allows Government to Regulate Tobacco Products
Blair Tinkle, Association General Counsel and Congressional Liaison
President Obama signed into law June 22 a bill authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the advertising and manufacturing of tobacco products. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Todd Platts (R-Pa.), passed in the Senate 79 to 17 on June 11. The following day the bill passed in the House with a 307 to 97 vote. The act gives the FDA authority to reduce or eliminate harmful ingredients, additives and constituents contained in cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Attorneys General Convene to Discuss Children and the Internet
Hedda Litwin, Cyberspace Law Counsel
“While the Internet offers our children greater knowledge of our world, it also exposes them to danger from harmful influences, and from individuals who seek to take advantage of them and hurt them,” said National Association of Attorneys General President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch at the opening of his “Year of the Child: Protecting and Empowering the Next Generation” Summit in May. He was joined by Attorneys General from across the country, academics, Internet service providers and other stakeholders as they addressed strategies to empower children and their parents on the safe use of online technology.
Consumer Protection Fellow Begins Work
The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) and the Center for the State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws (State Center) are pleased to welcome Nadine Ballard from the Ohio Attorney General?s Office as the second NAGTRI/State Center Consumer Protection fellow this year. Funded by the State Center, the Consumer Protection Fellowship program is designed to provide consumer protection assistant attorneys general an extraordinary opportunity to develop expertise in a specific discipline in consumer protection, which would in turn provide tangible and meaningful assistance to his or her colleagues around the country.
NAAG Welcomes Summer Interns
It?s not every day that NAAG introduces a Miss USA 2005 top 10 semi-finalist to its staff but this month Miss Mississippi 2005, Jennifer Adcock, began her work with the Cyberspace Law Project. Jennifer quickly grasped her duties as a summer law intern and has already attended several congressional hearings on crime-related issues. She also writes legislative updates for the NAAG Web site, while working on research projects and various other tasks.