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About the Authors

John Abel is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Dickinson School of Law. In addition to several years in the private practice of law, John has served in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Torts Litigation section in both Harrisburg and Norristown. He is currently a senior deputy attorney general in that office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.


Amie Ely is director of the Center for Ethics and Public Integrity for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). She also staffs the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Criminal Law Committee and the Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations Working Group. Amie received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her law degree from Cornell Law School. After law school, Amie clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. Robinson in the Southern District of New York, and for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her clerkships, Amie was with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for seven years. For much of that time, Amie was a member of the Violent Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted cold-case murders, along with racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses. Amie is a member of the New York State Bar. She has been admitted to practice before the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.


Taylre Janak was a 2016 NAGTRI summer law clerk. Taylre currently attends Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., where she is a staff member of Notre Dame’s Journal of Legislation. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.


Hedda Litwin is a NAGTRI program counsel and NAAG Cyberspace Law chief counsel. She is responsible for developing cybercrime, electronic discovery, and crime victims’ services training programs and supporting attorneys’ general cyberspace initiatives. She writes the bi-monthly NAGTRI Cybercrime E-Newsletter and NAGTRI Privacy Law Newsletter, and the monthly NAGTRI E-Discovery Bulletin. She staffs the NAAG Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee and Gaming Committee, as well as the NAAG Southern Region. She is a frequent speaker and currently serves on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children task force on cyber frauds. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law while working full time and clerked for the late Honorable Eugene Spellman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Region of Florida. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Florida State Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group One.


Justin J. Schuhmacher is a law clerk in the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. He is an evening student, pursuing a J.D. at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis with anticipated graduation in May 2017. In 2006, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Ball State University and has been teaching various courses in social studies at the high school level for over 10 years. Justin also served as a varsity high school head football coach before deciding to attend law school. He has been a resident of Indiana his entire life, and presently resides in Carmel, Ind.


Marguerite M. Sweeney has spent most of her legal career in the public sector. She has worked in the Appeals, Tax and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. She also prosecuted zoning enforcement cases for the City of Indianapolis from 1989 to 2000. Since 2002, Marguerite has been Section Chief of the Telephone Privacy Section of the Consumer Protection Division, where she and her team enforce the popular Do Not Call, Do Not Fax, and Autodialer Acts. Marguerite has given presentations at numerous conferences and seminars on telephone privacy issues and leads the Do Not Call – ADAD subcommittee of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Telecommunications Working Group. Marguerite holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and she earned her J.D. from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis.

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