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New Attorneys General Appointed

NAAG would like to congratulate and welcome four newly-appointed Attorneys General from Alaska, New Hampshire, Northern Mariana, and South Dakota. As these new Attorneys General take office to protect the citizens of their states, NAAG looks forward to collaborating with their offices on issues such as child support enforcement, drug policy, and consumer and environmental protection. NAAG would also like to welcome back Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III, who recently completed a year-long deployment in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

Daniel S. Sullivan was appointed Attorney General of Alaska by then-Gov. Sarah Palin on June 16. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Sullivan was appointed by the president and served as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic, energy, and business affairs from May 2006 until January 2009. In this role, he was a senior advisor to the secretary of state and other top U.S. government officials on the formulation and execution of international economic, energy, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications and Arctic policies.

“There’s a lot of really exciting opportunities that are going on in the state right now, but a key component to that is how you address these things from a legal perspective, and so I'm very interested in making sure those opportunities present themselves to Alaskans,” General Sullivan said.

Sullivan also served as a director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council and National Economic Council staff at the White House, and worked in private practice before serving on the state and federal levels. He has also been on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and in the reserves as an infantry and reconnaissance officer since 1993. He has been recalled twice since 2004.

Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics, where he was a Harvard College scholar during each of his four years. Sullivan then graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, earning a juris doctorate and degree in foreign service joint degree.

Michael Delaney was appointed to serve as Attorney General of New Hampshire by Gov. John Lynch in August. General Delaney first joined the Attorney General’s office in 1999, serving as a prosecutor and chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit. He served as New Hampshire’s deputy attorney general from 2004 until 2006, when he became Gov. Lynch’s legal counsel. As the governor’s legal counsel, he helped shape important new laws that better protect children from sexual predators and help combat children exploitation over the Internet.

“I look forward to working closely with my fellow Attorneys General on NAAG initiatives and other efforts to improve our system of justice,” General Delaney said.

Before joining the office of the Attorney General, he worked for five years with the law firm of Wiggin & Nourie, PA in Manchester, where he specialized in complex class action litigation and played an active role in the multi-district litigation against American Honda for bribery and racketeering claims.

In 2004, New Hampshire Magazine’s “Ideal Attorneys” publication recognized Delaney as the state’s fastest rising star in criminal prosecution. In 2005, Delaney was honored by the Manchester Union Leader as one of the 40 leaders in New Hampshire under 40 making a difference in New Hampshire. He has also served on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.

Delaney is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Holy Cross in 1991 and he received his law degree in 1994 from Georgetown University Law Center.

Edward T. Buckingham was appointed Northern Mariana Attorney General by the governor and confirmed by the Senate in August. Buckingham has served as an assistant attorney general since 2003, working in both the civil and criminal divisions. A photo and bio were not available by press time.

Marty J. Jackley was sworn in as South Dakota’s 30th Attorney General on Sept. 4. General Jackley is committed to fighting crime, protecting consumers and making South Dakota a safer place to live.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Jackley was appointed U.S. attorney for the District of South Dakota in 2006. While U.S. attorney he served on both the U.S. Attorney General’s Subcommittees for Controlled Substances and the Subcommittees for Native American Issues, and the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board. From 1995-97, Jackley served as a law clerk for then-Chief Judge Richard H. Battey in federal district court in Rapid City. He then joined the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, and Ashmore LLP. At this time he also served as a special assistant attorney general for South Dakota prosecuting primarily controlled substance felonies. He has extensive jury trial experience on cases including murder, assault, financial crimes, controlled substances, and other felonies. His appellate experience includes evidentiary matters, jurisdictional claims, sentencing issues, juvenile transfers, reclamation law, and other substantive legal issues.

Jackley graduated with honors and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992. He received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995.

Welcome Back General Biden!

Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III took office as Delaware’s 44th Attorney General in January 2007. He serves as a Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is assigned to the 261st Signal Brigade in Smyrna, Delaware. In October 2008, the Unit was activated for a 12-month deployment to Iraq. General Biden safely returned to Delaware this month.

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