National Association of Attorneys General
Supreme Court Fellows Arrive at NAAG for Spring Term
The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for three to four months during the Court’s argument session. During this time, they watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the biweekly Supreme Court Report. The following two fellows will be working with NAAG Supreme Court counsel from March to June:
Marlene Brown is a senior deputy attorney general and assistant section chief in the Treasury Section of the New Jersey Division of Law within the Office of the Attorney General. She represents the Division of Taxation, Department of Treasury, in all phases of litigation in the Tax Court, Superior Court and Supreme Court of New Jersey. During her time at the Division of Law, Marlene has represented the Division of Taxation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and represented the Department of Labor in a complex settlement negotiation. She was recently promoted to supervise the bankruptcy and unclaimed property units within the Treasury Section. In 2009, Marlene received a New Jersey Attorney’s General Award for Excellence in Litigation (Brief Writing). Marlene has been with the New Jersey Division of Law since 1992. Prior to this position, she was a law clerk to the presiding judge of the Tax Court of New Jersey. Marlene obtained her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She also received her master’s degree in French language and civilization from New York University and her J.D. from the Rutgers-Newark School of Law.
Mike McLaughlin is an assistant attorney general in the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals in the criminal division of the Alaska Department of Law. In this role, he serves as post conviction relief attorney. He investigates and defends the state in post conviction relief procedures, federal habeas corpus claims, and in appeals. In 2000, he authored Alaska’s Post-Conviction Relief Manual and has continued to update it in subsequent years. Mike first worked at the Alaska Department of Law from 1981-1990 as the district attorney/assistant attorney general in the criminal division. He is currently serving on the Alaska Bar Association’s Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, which assists lawyers who are dealing with substance abuse. He previously served on the Alaska Supreme Court’s Committee on Criminal Rule (1987-1990) and Special Advisory Committee on Contempt Procedures (1990-1992), has been in private practice, and worked for the Alaska Bar Association as assistant discipline counsel. Mike obtained his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of San Francisco and his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law.