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Jim McPherson has been NAAG executive director since 2007. In 2006, he completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy retiring as a two-star rear admiral. Highlights of his career include assignments as a trial attorney, senior prosecutor, senior defense attorney, and commanding officer at Naval Legal Service and Trial Service Offices; staff judge advocate assignments in the United States, overseas, and afloat; and legal counsel to the vice chief and chief of naval operations. Mr. McPherson's first flag assignment was as the deputy judge advocate general and commander, Naval Legal Service Command.

In 2004, he was appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Navy's 39th judge advocate general, an appointment he held until his retirement.

Until recently, Francesca Liquori was a program counsel for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). She departed NAAG Feb. 12, 2016 to work in the criminal division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Emily Myers is NAAG antitrust and powers and duties chief counsel and has been with NAAG since 1993. She is the editor of NAAG’s third edition book, “State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities” and the author of chapters on state antitrust enforcement in American Bar Association and state bar publications. As antitrust counsel, Emily assists states in their multistate activities and maintains the NAAG Multistate Litigation Database, a comprehensive database of state antitrust cases since 1990.

Dan Schweitzer is director and chief counsel for the NAAG Center for Supreme Court Advocacy and has worked at NAAG for 20 years. The Center staff conducts moot courts for state attorneys who argue in the Court, edits 45-50 state briefs each Term, facilitates communication among the states on amicus briefs, and holds annual training programs.

Joanne Thomka is a NAGTRI program counsel who joined the NAAG staff in October 2015. Before coming to NAAG, she served as the director of the National Traffic Law Center (NTLC) of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). The NTLC provides technical assistance, legal research and training support to prosecutors, law enforcement and other traffic safety professionals across the country.

Prior to NDAA, she was a senior assistant district attorney for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, N.Y. She was the bureau chief of the DWI Unit. The DWI Bureau is responsible for the prosecution of all alcohol-related crimes and all vehicular fatalities. Joanne was previously a member of both the Special Victims and Violent Felony Bureaus within the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.

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