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Volume 2, Number 7

NAAG Elects Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch As 101st President
Angelita Plemmer, Director of Communications
Members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) unanimously elected Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch last month as its 101st President Thursday night, earning him a place in history as the Association?s first President hailing from the nation?s smallest state. Attorneys General also elected Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning as President-Elect; North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper as Vice President; and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as Immediate Past President for the 2008-2009 term.
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Finding the Proper Balance: Walking the Tightrope Between Treating Chronic Pain and Countering Prescription Drug Diversion
Judy McKee, End of Life Health Care Project Coordinator and Counsel
In 2006, NAAG joined with the Center for Practical Bioethics and the Federation of State Medical Boards to form a working partnership, titled, the Balanced Pain Partnership Initiative (BPPI). Through a national working group, landmark data surrounding physicians who prescribe pain medications will soon be published, providing insight into a difficult intersection of medicine, law and public policy: preventing the abuse of prescription drugs and ensuring appropriate medical care for those in pain.
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Employee Spotlight
Peter Levin, Project Director and Chief Counsel, Tobacco Project
Peter Levin knows his facts? tobacco facts that is. As the director and chief counsel of the Tobacco Project, he oversees six attorneys who work closely together to enforce the Master Settlement Agreement (?MSA?), coordinates efforts by the Settling States, and renders legal and technical advice to state Attorneys General and NAAG?s Tobacco Committee.
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The Demise of the Pike Balancing Test: Department of Revenue of Kentucky v. Davis
Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel
When states seek to enforce consumer protection and other laws against businesses, they frequently are met with the defense that the state law violates the dormant Commerce Clause. And because Commerce Clause doctrine is notoriously muddled, the defense can rarely be taken lightly.
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American Legacy Foundation® Announces Lecture Series on Tobacco Policy and Enforcement in Honor of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell
The American Legacy Foundation®—a national public health foundation dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the U.S.—is proud to announce a new lecture series on tobacco policy and enforcement in honor of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell. The series serves as an expression of gratitude for Attorney General Sorrell’s six years of dedicated service and leadership on Legacy’s board of directors, and for his longtime work and commitment to reducing tobacco use in the U.S.
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2008 Presidential Initiative on Energy Concludes at Summer Meeting
Paula Cotter, Environment Project Director and Chief Counsel
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made energy the centerpiece of his tenure as NAAG?s President. Drawing from a diverse group of legal, scientific and policy experts, Attorney General Wasden showcased a wide variety of issues during a large meeting in held in Coeur d?Alene, Idaho in May, with additional discussions occurring during NAAG?s Summer Meeting. A summary, along with meeting materials will be available on NAAG?s website in early August.
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NAAG Hosts Public Policy Law Clerk
Mack Swan
Mack Swan is working as NAAG?s summer Public Policy Law Clerk. He is originally from New York city and is quickly becoming a star student at Howard University School of Law. He is currently working on the Fight Crime Invest in Kids (FCIK) project, staffed by Nick Alexander, NAAG?s criminal law project director and counsel.
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Mad Dogs And Englishmen? Nope—Just NAAG Staffers
Judy McKee, End of Life Health Care Project Coordinator and Counsel
Led by Master Gardener Chris Toth, chair of the Charities Committee (and new bride) Ellen Taverna, and Project Coordinator, Erjona Fatusha, an intrepid group of NAAG staffers inaugurated the first NAAG Volunteer Day. Some walking, some driving, some on mass transportation — they all converged at Bancroft Elementary School in the Mount Pleasant district of Washington. Their goal was to tackle the extensive gardens at the Bancroft Elementary School.
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Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale, American Samoa Attorney General

Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale (left) is the attorney general of American Samoa.