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Anticorruption and Ethics Center for Government Attorneys Launched

Colorado Springs---The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), has established the Center for Ethics and Public Integrity (CEPI). Its mission is to provide training, research, and technical assistance to government prosecutors involved in the fight against corruption, and to provide training and other resources on the ethical practice of law by government attorneys.

The Center’s launch was announced this morning in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the start of the first NAGTRI Anticorruption Academy, a 5-day course providing a comprehensive overview of the investigation and prosecution of corruption.

“Attorneys general are responsible for pursuing cases of public corruption in most states,” said Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island attorney general and NAGTRI Training Committee co-chair, in announcing the Center. “As public servants, we need the Center’s resources to help maintain an honest and open government. NAGTRI is to be commended for providing this first-of- its-kind service.”

CEPI will also offer ethics courses designed for both civil and criminal government attorneys, covering topics including discovery and ethically navigating media and other scrutiny in high-profile cases.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who co-chairs the NAAG Criminal Law Committee, said, “Attorneys general play a significant role in the investigation and prosecution of both civil and criminal matters. This center will ensure our offices uphold the highest ethical standards when pursuing cases."

Any state or territorial attorney general’s office can request in-house trainings to address specific office issues and cases. More CEPI information can be found here.

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfil the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI), a NAAG branch, provides innovative legal trainings and comprehensive research to state and territorial attorneys general offices.

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