NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Awards Given

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute’s (NAGTRI) Faculty of the Year award is presented annually to a faculty member or members who have significantly contributed to developing and presenting quality programs to their counterparts in the Attorneys General offices. Candidates for the award are those who have exceptional knowledge in a subject matter and outstanding communication skills, have assisted in the development of innovative and creative curricula, and have shared their time, talents and expertise with their fellow attorneys in training sessions throughout the year. The award was initiated in 2008 during the inaugural year of the Institute. Winners for the 2008-2009 fiscal year are Monica Anderson, supervising deputy attorney general in the California Office of the Attorney General, and Judy Zeprun Kalman, deputy general counsel and the director of the Attorney General Institute in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

“Both of these women exemplify a commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service, and are the perfect recipients for this award,” said NAAG Executive Director Jim McPherson.

Monica Anderson has played a vital role as an instructor of NAGTRI’s extremely popular E-Discovery courses. She has been a NAGTRI faculty member for two e-discovery trainings conducted at the University of Mississippi as well as a Northeast Regional training. She also did remote trainings in Missouri, Guam, and Hawaii. Her dedication to NAGTRI was especially demonstrated when she used her vacation time to be an instructor at the Guam and Hawaii trainings.

Monica’s unique teaching style brings life to e-discovery topics by incorporating common sense examples and a bit of humor into her presentations. The presentations are well received by audience members who routinely respond with high ratings. The E-Discovery course focuses primarily on electronically gathered information from computer files and pre-trial tactics in dealing with that information.

Judy Zeprun Kalman has also graciously and generously shared her time and expertise with NAGTRI. Judy is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of trial advocacy and serves as a lecturer on exhibits, case theory, and opening statements and closing arguments. She has served as lead faculty member by guiding new faculty through NITA teaching methods, the case files, and workshop teaching points. Judy consistently receives high marks on student evaluations and continues to serve as a mentor to assistant attorneys general across the country.

July helped to develop NAGTRI’s Trial Advocacy Training and the Deposition and Negotiation Training. These courses are now NAGTRI’s “legacy” courses and will be offered every year. She has also lectured on witness preparation and ethics.

Congratulations and thank you Monica and Judy!

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Judy Zeprun Kalman, left, receives her NAGTRI award from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
Judy Zeprun Kalman, left, receives her NAGTRI award from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
NAGTRI award recipient Monica Anderson with Chief Assistant Attorney General David S. Chaney.
NAGTRI award recipient Monica Anderson with Chief Assistant Attorney General David S. Chaney.