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NAAG Hosts 2007 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys General Meet with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Discuss Critical Legal Issues of State-Federal Concern

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will host its annual Spring Meeting on March 5-7, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

As one of the Association?s three national meetings held each year, the Spring Meeting allows Attorneys General to discuss a number of complex legal issues, including challenges for state management of sex offenders, Real ID and the impact on states, the impact of pre-kindergarten programs on crime prevention, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal legislation and other critical legal areas of interest.

Forty-six Attorneys General will be in attendance, along with their staffs, to meet with a number of key national figures, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Senator John Kerry, former U.S. Solicitors General Ted Olson Walter Dellinger, and John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and host of Fox TV?s America?s Most Wanted.

Nearly 200 individuals representing various federal agencies, related trade associations and law enforcement groups are also expected to attend.

?NAAG?s Spring Meeting provides Attorneys General with an opportunity to work collectively for the common good for all of our constituents,? NAAG President and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said.

?Together, we meet with cabinet level officials, representatives of federal agencies and other groups to discuss our concerns regarding homeland security and public safety, civil rights, funding for state land local aw enforcement programs, online safety for children, the rise in gangs and youth violence, and a number of other difficult legal and law enforcement issues,? President Baker said.

?Attorneys General are at the forefront of dealing with these issues, and the role of the Attorney General in protecting the public interest is becoming more and more complex with each passing year,? said President Baker. ?As NAAG celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, it will bring new opportunities for Attorneys General to assume a leadership role on these critical national issues.?

Attorneys General will hear from officials with the U.S. Marshall Service, the National Governors? Association and the North American Securities Administrators. Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the Ad Council, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, the Jason Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will also appear as panelists.

In addition, Attorneys General will discuss the 150th anniversary of the most controversial decision in U.S. Supreme Court history, Dred Scott v. Sanford, which held that under the U.S. Constitution, no African-American, whether free or enslaved, could ever be a citizen of this nation. Panelists, who will discuss the background of the decision, its place in the law and its relevance today, include Dred Scott?s great-great granddaughter, Lynne Jackson, and NAAG Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

For a copy of the agenda, visit The Fairmont Hotel is located at 2401 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states? chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association?s members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.

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