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About the Authors

Chris Toth has been NAAG deputy executive director since 2004 and NAGTRI director since its 2008 launch. He served several tours as a Naval officer before attending law school. Following law school, Chris served as a uniformed NCIS agent, deputy prosecuting attorney, and in private legal practice. He also served as the elected prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County (South Bend), Ind. An Iraq veteran, Chris also served both on active duty and in the reserves as an Army officer, recently retiring from the Army Reserves. He received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University, and his J.D., cum laudefrom the University of Notre Dame Law School. Chris currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors.

Jim Baum is an assistant attorney general at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office where he currently serves as the chief of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. He has also served as chief of the Juvenile Prosecution Unit. He has been with the office for 15 years in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. During those years, he has focused his efforts on trials, coordinated prosecution and investigation, gang and violent crime prosecutions, organized crime investigation and prosecution, as well as community prosecution. Before coming to the Department of Attorney General, Jim was an associate with the law firm Gidley, Sarli and Marusak where he practiced medical malpractice defense litigation. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Lawrence University.

Robert Clark currently serves as special counsel to the Connecticut Attorney General. He represents the attorney general before the Connecticut General Assembly and the state’s other constitutional officers. Mr. Clark is responsible for the attorney general's legislative initiatives and for responding to legal and public policy questions from legislators, constitutional officers and state agency heads. He also serves as a member of the Office's six-person executive Litigation Management and Opinion Management Committees. Previously, Mr. Clark served as an assistant attorney general in the Office's Special Litigation Department. Mr. Clark also practiced law as an associate at Day, Berry & Howard in Hartford, CT and Kramer, Levin, Naftalis and Frankel in New York City. In 1993, Mr. Clark graduated, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English. In 1997, he received his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Kathleen Jennings is the state prosecutor for the State of Delaware Department of Justice. In that position, she oversees all criminal prosecutions. She received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. After graduating from Villanova Law School, Ms. Jennings worked as a deputy attorney general for 16 years in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. During that time she prosecuted a full range of cases, from misdemeanors to homicides, supervising the Rape, Felony Screening, and Trial Units. Ms. Jennings tried over 100 jury trials. Most notably, she successfully prosecuted serial killer Steven Pennell. During the prosecution, DNA evidence was introduced for the first time in a criminal trial in Delaware. Ms. Jennings also served as chief deputy attorney general under Attorney General Charles Oberly.

Maureen Keough is deputy chief of the Criminal Division for the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, and has been with the Department since 1999. While employed by the Rhode Island attorney general, Ms. Keough has served as chief of Newport County office from 2000 through 2005, chief of the Domestic Violence /Sexual Assault Unit from 2006 through 2010, and as deputy chief of the Criminal Division from January 2011 to the present, where her responsibilities include the oversight of assigned units within the criminal division. While chief of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Ms. Keough acted as liaison to local agencies dedicated to domestic violence issues including the Coalition against Domestic Violence and Day One (formerly known as the Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center).

As NAGTRI program counsel, Jeanette Manning is responsible for coordinating legal trainings on an array of topics, conducting research, and writing and editing various publications. Additionally, Jeanette serves as the staff liaison to the NAAG Energy and the Environment and Civil Rights Committees, the NAAG Midwest Region, and also assists with organizing many of NAGTRI’s international programs. Jeanette previously served in the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office for eight years, as an assistant attorney general in the Family and Public Safety Divisions. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Justice and Law Administration and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.

Roushani Mansoor currently works as a justice advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership (INL/CAP). In this capacity, she provides criminal justice technical assistance and guidance for INL’s justice sector programming. Before joining INL, Roushani spent a year working for the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs in Bangladesh where she assisted with various initiatives including implementing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and supporting corruption prevention practices. Ms. Mansoor received her JD and MA from American University and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeromy J. Pankratz began his service to the State of South Dakota Attorney General’s Office in June 2012. Although starting in the office as director of tobacco litigation, his role has expanded and now includes governmental liaison and lobbyist, and is active in public policy debate before the South Dakota legislature. Finally, Jeromy serves as Attorney General Marty Jackley’s senior advisor and person of contact for outside groups and other national interests.

Jeromy received his J.D. from the University of South Dakota in 2003 after completing his bachelor’s degree in cursu honorum and master’s degree, both in English. He then acted as a clerk to the 1st Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. From 2004 to 2012, Jeromy was in private practice working primarily in civil litigation and governmental relations. While in private practice, he concurrently served as the elected Hamlin County state’s attorney from 2006 to 2012.

Anne Schwartz is an award-winning 26-year veteran print and broadcast journalist, author, and trainer on strategic communication and public relations for law enforcement and legal professionals. As communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Schwartz led the team that developed the public service campaign, “Dose of Reality,” to create awareness on prescription opiate abuse. In 1991, as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal she broke the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and wrote the book, “The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough: The Story of Milwaukee’s Jeffrey Dahmer.” Schwartz and the reporting team were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Karen White has been the executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) since 2006. Prior to that, she served as CWAG deputy director and meeting planner. CWAG’s membership consists of 18 western states and territories in the Pacific and 13 associate member states from across the country. It focuses on issues of particular importance to the West, including water resources and Indian law.

Karen received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and attended the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif.

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