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For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011

Washington Attorney General Elected NAAG President

Chicago, Ill. — Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna was unanimously elected yesterday by the members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to become the Association’s 104th president.

Elections were held Wednesday during NAAG’s 2011 Summer Meeting, June 20-22, in Chicago where 250 participants, including Attorneys General and key staff from across the country, met to discuss critical state legal issues.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler was elected President-Elect, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was elected Vice President, and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper became Immediate Past President for the 2011-2012 term.

Attorney General McKenna will focus on human trafficking, he announced Wednesday night in his presidential address.

“Traffickers use modern slavery to victimize the voiceless – including millions of children – and don’t respect state, national or international borders,” McKenna said. “State attorneys general are in a unique position to rally public support for combating traffickers, while using our legal expertise to help protect the vulnerable. That’s what this initiative is about.”

Outgoing NAAG president, Attorney General Cooper, delivered his final remarks last night and concluded his presidential initiative, “America’s Financial Recovery: Protecting Consumers as We Rebuild.”  

“It’s been an honor to serve as president for the past year and I look forward to staying active with NAAG in the future.  By working together, attorneys general are making real progress on fighting fraud and that work must continue,” Cooper said.

The Association also announced its annual award winners:

  • Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna received the Kelley-Wyman Award, the Association’s highest honor given annually to the Attorney General who has done the most to achieve NAAG objectives.
  • The Marvin Award, given annually to individuals who serve on the staff of state Attorneys General and who have furthered the goals of NAAG, was awarded to Jerry Coyne with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.
  • The Laurie Loveland Award was presented to Dave Cookson with the Nebraska Attorney General’s office. The award recognizes individuals who have helped to advance the work of Attorneys General on tobacco-related issues.
  • Individuals from the Alabama, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia offices of the Attorneys General were recognized for excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court. Recipients of the Supreme Court Best Brief Awards were: Deputy Attorney General Corey Maze of Alabama; Solicitor General Michael A. Scodro and Deputy Solicitor General Jane Elinor Notz of Illinois; Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood,  Deputy Solicitor General Benjamin Gutman, Assistant Solicitor General Monica Wagner, Michael Myers, Morgan Costello, and Robert Rosenthal of New York; former Solicitor General Benjamin C. Mizer, Solicitor General Alexandra T. Schimmer, Stephen P. Carney, Emily S. Schlesinger, and Lori Weisman of Ohio; Solicitor General James C. Ho, Daniel L. Geyser, and James P. Sullivan of Texas; and Senior Appellate Counsel Stephen R. McCullough of Virginia.
    The Francis X. Bellotti Award, given to a former Attorney General who has served NAAG and worked diligently to further its vision and mission, was presented to former Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry.
  • The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the research and training arm of NAAG, honored Laurie Lyte from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and David Robinson from the California Attorney General’s office with the NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Award. This award is given annually to faculty members who have significantly contributed to developing and presenting quality programs for their counterparts in Attorneys General offices.

The Association elects its officers yearly, through geographical rotation by region. Election of the four officers—President, President-Elect, Vice President and Immediate Past President—takes place at the annual NAAG Summer Meeting. The president appoints all standing and special committee chairs. Committees are charged with studying all substantive matters within their jurisdiction and recommending policy positions and other matters to the Attorneys General for action by the full Association.

The Executive Committee is charged with the management of Association operations and yearly approval of a program plan of goals, objectives, and activities to guide its work. The Executive Committee comprises the four NAAG officers, four regional delegates and three presidential appointees and the chair of the NAAG Mission Foundation, which supports the work of the Association.

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