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Message from the President

Idaho Attorney General and NAAG President Lawrence Wasden

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

As President of the National Association of Attorneys General, it is my pleasure to present to you the inaugural edition of the NAAG Gazette, the first biweekly newsletter written and produced by the NAAG staff to provide legal, legislative and policy news for Attorneys General and their staffs.

In this edition, you will read what’s hot on Capitol Hill, gain insight into the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, understand why bankruptcy should be a priority for Attorneys General and meet some of the NAAG staff members who work hard to meet your needs as legal and policy experts in their respective areas.

This newsletter will also serve as a vehicle to update you periodically on the status of my presidential initiative, “Providing Effective Energy Counsel to State Government; An Attorney General’s Perspective.” I have planned a two-day conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, May 6-7, 2008, to discuss the nation’s energy industry, its impact on the environment, its effects in the marketplace and current regulatory efforts.

In the first four months of my NAAG presidency, I have reached out to a wide group of representatives for their perspectives on energy issues. I have held conference calls with former Attorneys General, policy analysts and the environmental community. In addition, I have met with the staff from the National Governors Association to coordinate our efforts, where possible, with regard to NGA’s renewable energy initiative. I have met with representatives of many major energy producers: the petrochemical producers and the mining community, as well as the nuclear power producers and other electric utility representatives.

This year also holds special meaning as we celebrate NAAG’s 100-year anniversary. This historic milestone presents us with a unique opportunity to reflect on our history and acknowledge past accomplishments. It also provides us with an invaluable opportunity to reflect on our vision and direction for the future.

As the Association moves forward, I encourage you to take advantage of the staff and resources offered by NAAG. Under the auspices of Acting Executive Director Chris Toth, NAAG boasts a dedicated staff of skilled professionals with varied expertise in law, public policy, communications, finance and accounting, human resources and IT. Their contributions have been enormous in ensuring that our voices are heard on Capitol Hill and within the halls of nearly every federal agency located in the nation’s capital.

I would like to thank all of my colleagues who have made my transition as president seamless. It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious legal associations. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming months.

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