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About the Authors

Nikki Calvano has been a NAGTRI consultant since 2014. She has been a practicing attorney and training professional for over 25 years. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Department of Justice, Nikki was an assistant director in the Office of Legal Education, where she founded and led the Justice Leadership Institute (JLI); supervised the civil attorney training team in designing courses and provided legal/advocacy skills instruction; started the Medicaid Integrity Institute which trains state Medicaid staff; and served as chief of the National Bankruptcy Training Institute at the National Advocacy Center. Nikki holds a Juris Doctor, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education.

Stephanie Haven is the paralegal for the Human Trafficking Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In this multidisciplinary role, Ms. Haven works with government agencies and non-profit organizations to help develop human trafficking prosecutions, investigations, and policy. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Haven reported on issues including gender-based violence for McClatchy Newspapers, USA Today, and CBS News. Ms. Haven is a graduate of Tufts University, where she studied sociology.

Kevin C. McDowell is a deputy attorney general in the Advisory Section of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. He served previously as general counsel for the Indiana Department of Education. He has BS and MS degrees from Butler University and his JD from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. He is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He teaches School Law for Principals at the University of Indianapolis as well as Law and Ethics in the university’s MBA in Educational Leadership Program.

Judy McKee is NAGTRI deputy director, a position she assumed when NAGTRI was formed in 2008. In that capacity, she oversees the more than 100 training programs a year that NAGTRI conducts, both in the continental United States and overseas. She supervises the other NAGTRI counsel, assisting in the planning and designing of new programs. She also serves as an instructor at numerous NAGTRI trainings. Judy received her JD degree, magna cum laude, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., a master's degree in English from Brown University, Providence, R.I., and a BA degree in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Emily Myers is NAAG antitrust and powers and duties chief counsel as well as NAGTRI program counsel. She has been with NAAG since 1993. She is the editor of NAAG’s third edition book, “State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities” and the author of chapters on state antitrust enforcement in American Bar Association and state bar publications. As antitrust counsel, Emily assists states in their multistate activities and maintains the NAAG Multistate Litigation Database, a comprehensive database of state antitrust cases since 1990.

Kari Reed was a NAGTRI visiting legal fellow in fall 2016 and is now a law clerk for Clayton County Superior Court in Georgia. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in anthropology and a BA in political science. She then went on to receive her JD from Emory University in Atlanta, participating in Emory’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Dan Schweitzer is director and chief counsel for the NAAG Center for Supreme Court Advocacy and has worked at NAAG for 20 years. The Center staff conducts moot courts for state attorneys who argue in the Court, edits 45-50 state briefs each Term, facilitates communication among the states on amicus briefs, and holds annual training programs.

Shannon Signore was the fall 2016 Beau Biden Foundation fellow working on child protection issues. During this time, she was based in the Washington, D.C., office of the National Association of Attorneys General. As special assistant attorney general in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, she has served as a prosecutor in its criminal division since 2002. In 2011, after serving seven years in the Office's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Signore was named chief of the newly-created Child Abuse Unit. The Unit prosecutes all cases involving child physical and sexual abuse as well as child murder. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney General, Signore served as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme and Superior Courts. She earned her BS and JD degrees from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

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