What is the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)?
NAAG is a nonpartisan association that facilitates interaction among the 56 state and territory attorneys general. Learn more about NAAG.
Who are NAAG’s members and how is it organized?
NAAG’s members are the 56 state and territory attorneys general and their staff. The Association is governed by the NAAG Executive Committee. Learn more about NAAG leadership.
Is NAAG partisan?
No. NAAG is a nonpartisan organization and engages in policy advocacy only when an issue has bipartisan support from a majority of attorneys general. For NAAG to endorse a legislative initiative or a specific piece of legislation, a bipartisan group of at least 36 attorneys general must submit their approval. To be considered in the first place, any policy action must be initiated by two attorneys general (lead states) of different parties.
How is NAAG’s leadership determined?
NAAG’s officers (President, President-Elect and Vice President) are elected annually. Eligibility for the NAAG presidency rotates annually among the four NAAG regions. Each officer position is nominated by the appropriate region (Eastern, Southern, Midwestern, Western) based on the order of rotation and then voted on by the entire membership.
How is NAAG funded?
NAAG funds its operations through a variety of sources, including proceeds from investments originating from past court settlements, dues payments, and conference registrations. NAAG does not solicit or accept donations, memberships, or sponsorships from corporations or lobbyists.
NAAG is the steward of several funds, the use of which is limited by previous court settlements and restrictions set by the NAAG Executive Committee. NAAG administers these funds on behalf of its members and holds them separately from NAAG operating accounts. Nearly 97% of these funds cannot be used to fund NAAG operations. The committees that oversee the various funds operate by majority vote.
More detail is available in NAAG’s Annual Report.
What are NAAG’s committees and who is the leadership?
NAAG committees work under the leadership of attorneys general serving as chairs who determine the agenda items and meeting dates and times. Committees may perform a variety of duties, such as studying matters within their jurisdiction and recommending policy positions or other actions to be taken by the Association.
Can I file a consumer complaint with NAAG?
No. Consumer complaints should be filed with the attorney general office in which the issue occurred.
Visit Consumer Resources.org or contact your attorney general.
Are you part of the U.S. Department of Justice?
No, NAAG is not a federal agency and the U.S. Attorney General is not a member. Learn more about NAAG leadership and how it is organized.
What partnerships do you have? How can I partner with NAAG?
NAAG partners with a variety of federal agencies and nonpartisan associations. Learn about our partnerships or contact us to request a partnership with NAAG.
Does NAAG sue businesses?
No. NAAG is not a party to any lawsuits or settlements.
Does NAAG support mass tort litigation?
No. NAAG does not provide any funding, training or support for mass tort litigation.
Attorneys general represent the public interest, not individual plaintiffs or individual citizens. The attorney general community has a long history of working together in a joint, bipartisan way to bring cases that are truly impacting the public, and the attorneys general are able to achieve results that the plaintiff’s bar is not able to obtain. NAAG supports its members, and will continue to support its members, in their quest to protect consumers and businesses to help ensure a fair marketplace.
Did NAAG receive money from the McKinsey settlement?
By agreement of all the signatory states and jurisdictions who were party to the McKinsey settlement, $15 million went to NAAG to administer for the following specific purposes:
- $7 million to reimburse the Financial Services Fund for grant funds awarded and used by attorneys general for opioids investigations.
- Approximately $215,000 to reimburse participating states for documented costs and expenses associated with the investigation of McKinsey.
- The remainder of the funds for the establishment of an online repository of opioid industry documents for the benefit of the public.
About Attorneys General
What does an attorney general do?
Attorneys general are the chief legal officers of their states, serving as counsel to state government agencies and legislatures and as representatives of the public interest. Learn more about the responsibilities of attorneys general.
Who is my attorney general and how do I contact them?
Find your attorney general and their contact information.
What issues are attorneys general dealing with right now?
Visit our issues section to learn what attorneys general are doing to address specific topic areas.
What are the differences between attorneys general?
Attorney general powers and duties vary by state law. Every attorney general does not have the same responsibility as their colleagues.
Learn more about the responsibilities of attorneys general.
When does NAAG meet?
NAAG typically hosts three meetings a year: the NAAG Capital Forum, the Attorney General Symposium, and the Presidential Summit. Regions are also able to host a meeting each year if they so choose.
View NAAG’s event calendar to learn more.
What do the attorneys general do at NAAG meetings?
NAAG meetings provide an opportunity for attorneys general to share ideas and discuss problems and solutions with their colleagues. Attorneys general may also meet with state and federal officials to discuss legal issues.
How do I register for a NAAG meeting?
To register for a NAAG meeting, you will need to create an account.
Can I transfer my registration fee?
Registration fees can only be transferred from one attendee to another within the same meeting. Registration fees cannot be transferred from one meeting to another meeting. Please contact the program coordinator of the meeting you wish to discuss a transfer for and they will be able to assist you. If you do not know who your program coordinator is, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the meeting and the date, and they will be able to connect you with the coordinator.
What is NAAG’s cancelation and refund policy?
Please contact the meeting coordinator of the meeting you wish to cancel or request a refund for, and they will be able to discuss what your options are. If you do not know who your program coordinator is, please reach out to email@example.com with the name of the meeting and the date, and they will be able to connect you with the coordinator.
Who typically attends NAAG meetings?
Our attendees include current and former attorneys general, attorney general staff, private practice lawyers, local, state, and federal policymakers, academia, and various members of the general public.
How do I request or find out information on CLE?
If you are seeking credit, please fill out the request form found on our CLE page. If eligible, a NAAG staff member will send you a Uniform Certificate of Attendance and process the request for the jurisdiction of your choosing. CLE credit reporting is a service provided to all attendees. For certain state requirements, NAAG applies and reports attendance for you. There are a few states that require you to self-report. Always consult your state/jurisdiction’s CLE board for updated requirements. For questions regarding CLE, please visit our CLE page or email CLE@naag.org.
How can I submit a speaking request or idea for a future NAAG meeting topic?
If you have a suggestion for a panel or speaker, please fill out this form and a NAAG staff member will reach out with any further questions.
This is my first NAAG meeting, what should I expect?
NAAG meetings typically include featured speakers, fireside chats, and traditional panels made up of attorneys general, federal officials, and other subject matter experts. At annual meetings, attorneys general sit in the front of the meeting space. All other attendees use classroom and theater-style seating. Meals are generally included in registration fees. Lodging is not included in registration fees.
Can I sponsor or exhibit at a NAAG meeting?
No, NAAG does not accept money for sponsorships or exhibitors, but you are welcome to attend public conferences as part of the general public.
Am I member of NAAG? How do I join?
Attorneys general and staff in attorney general offices are NAAG members. New staff can create an account. Members of the public, press, and private or other government lawyers not in an attorney general office are not eligible for NAAG membership, but may attend NAAG public meetings and events.
What benefits are available to NAAG members?
NAAG provides a wide range of member resources including trainings, annual meetings, legal newsletters and publications, advocacy, counseling and legal assistance, and appellate advocacy support.
Learn more about NAAG’s services.
How do I subscribe or unsubscribe from NAAG emails?
Subscriptions to NAAG newsletters and communications can be managed in My Account. Create an account to choose which emails you would like to receive or log in to change your preferences and unsubscribe.
Who should I contact with additional membership questions?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to NAAG services and membership.
Have another question that’s not answered in the FAQs? Please reach out to NAAG.