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Summer Interns Join NAAG

NAAG is pleased to welcome and host six summer interns of diverse backgrounds and interests:

Jeffrey Brown is working as a cyberspace law intern. Brown attended the University of Southern Mississippi for his undergraduate degree where he majored in political science and currently attends the University of Mississippi School of Law. At NAAG, Brown spends the majority of his time researching new case law and legislation related to cybercrime, writing for the cybercrime newsletter and going to conferences and related U.S. Senate and House hearings. Brown has a strong background in web design and says that is why the area of cyber law is particularly interesting to him. Brown worked for the Peace Corps in Mali teaching basic computer skills and writing a manual on how to create web sites in the developing world.

Kyle Coppin first heard about the internship at NAAG through a connection at the North Carolina Bar Association where he is the student representative for the International Law section. At NAAG, Coppin is focused on tobacco litigation, particularly the issues of jurisdiction related to Native Americans. Coppin says he enjoys his time at NAAG mostly because of the great hands on experience. Coppin currently attends Duke Law School and completed his undergraduate degree at American University where he majored in international relations and history. Kyle has also been lucky enough to live abroad in four countries: Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.

Matthew Fitzharris acquired his NAAG summer internship through the Bill Brown Scholarship from the Ohio Northern University Law School which he attends. Bill Brown, an alumnus of Ohio Northern University Law School, was the Ohio Attorney General from 1971-1983 and the school established this scholarship in his honor. At NAAG, Fitzharris splits his time researching the role of Attorney Generals in emergency management situations and assisting with both the bankruptcy newsletter as well as the consumer protection newsletter. Fitzharris completed his undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University where he majored in psychology and also received a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in business administration with a specialization in economics. Fitzharris commented that working at NAAG has been a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and work on issues that have an impact on people.

Kyle Petit works as a law clerk assisting NAAG Counsel Paula Cotter with energy and environmental research and projects, and helps Judy McKee, program manager for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). Petit received his undergraduate degree in international relations from Boston University and currently attends George Washington University Law School. He previously worked for the D.C. Attorney General and spent last summer working for a federal judge in Albany, N.Y.

Joe Russell received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University and now attends George Washington University Law School with the intent of going into criminal prosecution. Russell worked previously as an intern for the New York State Attorney General’s office in Buffalo as well as a clerk for Buffalo City’s General Counsel. At NAAG, Russell works primarily researching human trafficking issues; an especially pertinent issue this year as recently elected NAAG President Rob McKenna has made his 2011-2012 presidential initiative to combat human trafficking.

Finally, Olivia Stitilis is NAAG’s communications intern. Stitilis is originally from Connecticut and a rising senior at American University (AU) where she majors in CLEG, an interdisciplinary major of communications, legal institutions, economics and government. She recently returned from spending her junior year abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At AU, Stitilis is very involved with the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, is a columnist at The Eagle, the AU newspaper, and works in the Career Center. She has spent the past two summers working for Teach For America as part of their operations staff in Chicago and Los Angeles, and is excited to return to the states in time to experience her first D.C. summer.

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