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New Supreme Court Fellows Join NAAG

The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for several months during the Court’s argument session. During this time, they watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the biweekly Supreme Court Report. The following two fellows are working with the NAAG Supreme Court counsel during the winter.

Dana Ali joins NAAG from the California Attorney General’s Office in Los Angeles where she has served as a deputy attorney general since 2007 in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials section. Previously, she handled asbestos litigation at Brayton Purcell LLP and practiced health care law as a summer associate for Christensen & Auer Law Offices.

Dana has played a vital role in several significant cases throughout her career with the California Attorney General’s Office, where she specializes in federal habeas corpus litigation. She drafted briefs and presented arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in several felony criminal cases, and filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the invocation of the right to remain silent. In addition, she acted as co-counsel in an evidentiary hearing for a case that involved a first degree murder conviction where she obtained a favorable result from the United States District Court.

Graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Dana was part of the Arab Student Union for four years, serving as president for one year, and participated in programs of concentration in Humanities and Science & Technology. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law where she was president of the Student Bar Association, and spent a summer in Siena, Italy through a program with Tulane University School of Law.

Kirk Hanson has served as an assistant attorney general in the Administrative Law Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office since 2010. In this capacity he has prepared briefs for and argued over 20 cases in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Representing various state agencies and officials, his caseload covers numerous legal issues ranging from constitutional law and appellate procedure, to Medicaid eligibility and affordable housing.

Prior to his position in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Kirk was an associate in the Litigation Department at Foley Hoag LLP for eight years. There he drafted briefs for cases in several Massachusetts courts as well as the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He also participated in a firm-sponsored, fourth-month long program as an assistant district attorney in the Norfolk County of Massachusetts, trying as sole prosecutor more than 10 jury or bench trials, negotiating plea agreements, arguing motions, handling arraignments of criminal cases, and conducting pre-trial conferences.

Kirk received his undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School where he received the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for excellence in appellate advocacy and oral argument. He holds bar and court admissions in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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