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NAAGazette

Volume 1, Number 4

December 17, 2007

NAAG Creates Research And Training Institute
Chris Toth, Acting Executive Director
In a very important and exciting development for Attorneys General offices around the country, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Executive Committee authorized the creation of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) during the Association?s recent Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah. This decision reflects the intent of the Executive Committee to develop and implement a long- term vision for an organized research and training program.
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Congress Takes Swift Action in Product Safety Arena
Dennis Cuevas, Project Director and Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection
As we enter the holiday shopping season, parents have become increasingly wary of marketplace products. The recent lead paint toy recalls, coupled with the news reports of dangerous magnets and even a chemical found in a child?s craft toy that, when swallowed, turns into the date rape drug, have lead to increased calls for reforms of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as the laws it enforces.
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Employee Spotlight
Lakuita Bittle, Project Assistant, Supreme Court, Antitrust, and Civil Rights
Lakuita Bittle is a body constantly in motion. As the project assistant for the Supreme Court, Antitrust and Civil Rights projects, Lakuita is online downloading briefs for volunteer attorneys serving on NAAG?s Moot Court panels. She?s updating NAAG?s website with information on recent Supreme Court decisions and tracking down reports or model legislation for states.
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I May Be Paranoid, But They?re Still Out to Get Me
Negotiating the Interface of Electronic Discovery and Consumer Privacy

Karen Cordry, Bankruptcy Counsel
The new rules on electronic discovery have brought home to lawyers both the wealth of hidden information that exists on computers and how hard it is to truly purge that data. Those who have read articles on electronic discovery have learned that ?deleted? doesn?t necessarily mean ?gone.? The sale of a computer from which data has been ?deleted? in such a fashion is an open invitation for an unscrupulous party to run a recovery program and obtain a wealth of information that could be used for wholesale identity theft.
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Newly Enacted Federal Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program May Boost Careers in Public Service
Nick Alexander, Criminal Law Counsel
The tremendous debt incurred as a result of attending graduate school has forced many new graduates to choose between foregoing public service-oriented career choices or face the potential financial burden of repaying student loans for up to, and in some cases, more than 25 years. However, the recent passage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 is aimed at easing the burden of educational debt faced by those choosing a public interest career, including those employees of the various Offices of the Attorneys General.
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Attorney General Powers and Duties Update
Emily Myers, Antitrust and Special Projects Counsel
This is the first in an occasional series that will highlight recent cases and legislation that affect the powers and duties of state Attorneys General offices. During the past six months, there have been several cases that addressed the powers of Attorneys General.
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NAMFCU?s Offers Specialized Training for MFCU Staff
Barbara L. Zelner, Counsel, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU)
For many years, NAMFCU has offered high quality professional training for MFCUs. Programs have focused on fraud in a wide range of provider settings including hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and physician practices. Programs have also covered a wide range of topics, such as recognizing fraudulent ?kickbacks,? conducting undercover operations, effective interview techniques and selecting appropriate prosecution theories in provider fraud cases. NAMFCU?s training programs bring together all MFCU disciplines (prosecutors, investigators, auditors and data analysts) to learn about emerging legal issues and the most effective investigative techniques. This specialized Medicaid fraud training cannot be found anywhere else.
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