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NAAG Hosts 2007 Summer Centennial Meeting June 19-21

June 18, 2007

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Monday, June 18, 2007
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Attorneys General meet with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and nation’s top CEOS to discuss critical legal issues of state-federal concern

ATLANTA, GA. -- Forty-one state Attorneys General will convene in Atlanta, Georgia tomorrow for the start of their annual summer meeting, June 19-21, which will include talks with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on violent crime and discussions with former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

As one of three national summits held each year, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) summer meeting allows Attorneys General to discuss a number of complex legal issues, including cybercrime and age verification for social networking and other sites, tracking sexual predators, mortgage fraud, global warming, the impact of youth development programs in reducing juvenile crime, crime prevention, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal legislation and other critical legal areas of interest.

"As the chief legal officers of our respective jurisdictions, we look forward to hearing from Attorney General Gonzales on his ideas on how the federal government can assist state and local law enforcement with crimefighting efforts,” NAAG President and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said.

“State Attorneys General have taken the lead on the issue of on-line security and protecting our youth from online predators, and we must continue to explore ways to combat the proliferation of on-line crime. This is a problem that affects both the private and the public sector, and it demands our attention,” President Baker added.

Concurrent with Attorney General Baker’s presidential focus on using public-private initiatives as a vital tool in addressing social problems, this year’s meeting will feature a special corporate roundtable with three of the nation’s top chief executive officers from Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Georgia Power to discuss company-sponsored initiatives.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Association and culminates the end of Attorney General Baker’s tenure as president of one of the nation’s oldest legal associations. Attorney General Baker, NAAG’s first African-American President, will pass the gavel to President-Elect and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The Association will also elect its new slate of officers for 2007-2008.

NAAG will host its annual awards ceremony to highlight the achievements of Attorneys General, their staffs and former Attorneys General, along with a number of other special awards given to: the American Legacy Foundation for its public health efforts to stop youth from smoking, the America-Israel Friendship League for its missions to increase cultural understanding; and a special delegation from the Republic of China representing the country’s top prosecutor.

For a copy of the agenda, visit www.naag.org.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association’s members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.

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