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NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Award Recipient Announced

For Release: June 17, 2010

Seattle, Wash.—The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) honored Brendan Ruane, director of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, with the distinguished NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who has significantly contributed to developing and presenting quality programs for their counterparts in Attorneys General offices.

NAGTRI is the research and training arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). In this fiscal year, the Institute trained over 1800 assistant attorneys general.

“NAGTRI heavily relies on faculty members like Brendan to be able to offer high quality and innovative legal training to assistant attorneys general across the country,” said NAGTRI Director Chris Toth. “Brendan’s excellence as a trainer is always borne out by the highest evaluation scores and feedback from the students. He is always willing to help in developing courses and lending his advice to NAGTRI staff.”

Ruane has been teaching trial advocacy for NAAG and NAGTRI for more than 10 years. He also teaches at deposition and negotiation trainings and at antitrust trial advocacy trainings. He recently helped NAGTRI immensely by assisting in organizing and teaching a very successful Train the Trainers Program and effectively and successfully gave NITA training to the Mexican prosecutors’ training faculty.

“It is also important to recognize the New Jersey Attorney General’s office for its willingness to lend Brendan’s expertise and experience to help his counterparts in the other Attorneys General offices,” said Toth. “Without the support of Attorneys General offices throughout the country in supporting NAGTRI by their willingness to lend their attorneys to act as faculty, NAGTRI would not be able to offer quality programs in as cost effective a manner as we do.”

Founded in 2008, NAGTRI provides training at a national and regional level and also has a mobile training component in which faculty members are sent to do training tailored to a specific Attorney General office. NAGTRI also provides intellectually adept research on issues of concern to NAAG members.

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