National Association of Attorneys General
NAAG's bankruptcy counsel works with the attorney general offices on a daily basis to provide assistance and counseling on issues that arise in specific cases. In addition to this one-on-one assistance, NAAG's bankruptcy counsel conducts numerous training sessions for state counsel. The primary event is a multi-day training program on bankruptcy law for government lawyers held in the fall of each year, in conjunction with the States' Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys. Counsel is also available to provide a one-day training session in the office of any interested attorney general on the basics of bankruptcy law, as well as shorter programs on topics of specific interest, such as the effect of bankruptcy proceedings on attorney general actions in the areas of consumer or environmental protection.
In addition, counsel speaks to numerous other governmental and private groups about the interaction of bankruptcy and governmental actions. Prior speeches have touched on areas ranging from health care and charities regulation, to workers' compensation, to privacy and consumer issues arising out of “going out of business sales.” Counsel has also helped write and edit numerous amicus briefs by the states on bankruptcy issues and written many articles on bankruptcy issues relating to government concerns.
NAAG bankruptcy counsel also provides substantive assistance to attorney general offices on important multi-state cases in drafting pleadings and appearing on behalf of the states on common issues that arise in bankruptcy cases. In light of NAAG's location in Washington, D.C., bankruptcy counsel can readily arrange to appear for states in bankruptcy hearings in Delaware and New York, locales in which many of the major cases, such as the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies, have been filed. This assistance may range from providing editing assistance on briefs to actually taking the lead role in representing a group of states on common bankruptcy issues in specific cases. Prior cases have involved issues such as remedying contaminated sites owned by a debtor or obtaining restitution for victims of a predatory lender. Counsel has publicized these state initiatives through a column written twice a year for the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal on governmental affairs. Counsel also works with the NAAG tobacco attorneys to provide assistance and counseling on bankruptcy issues that may arise with respect to the enforcement of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.