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Robert E. Cooper Jr., served as Tennessee attorney general from 2006 – 2014 and since 2015, has been a member of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group. He is also currently the Compliance Monitor in a consumer protection consent decree involving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Daymar Colleges Group, a for-profit college system. While Tennessee attorney general, Bob was chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region. From 2003-2006 he was legal counsel to Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. Since 1998, Bob has served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School teaching Campaign Finance and Elections. He earned his law degree from Yale University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Judy Zeprun Kalman is the general counsel and director of the AG Institute in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She provides legal counsel to the Executive Bureau on personnel, contracts, conflicts of interest, and ethics issues and assists in developing internal policies, guidelines, and procedures. The AG Institute she directs is the in-house training division of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), which she created in 2000. Before becoming general counsel, Ms. Kalman served as deputy general counsel; chief of litigation for the Western Massachusetts Division of the AGO; first assistant district attorney for the Hampden District; assistant attorney general in the AGO’s Criminal Bureau; and senior assistant district attorney in the Appeals Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Kalman has served as a National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) faculty member and is also on the NAGTRI Advisory Board. In 2009, Ms. Kalman was honored to receive the NAGTRI Faculty of the Year award. A graduate of Boston University School of Law and a cum laude with High Honors graduate of Brandeis University, Ms. Kalman has taught depositions and discovery, criminal procedure, appellate advocacy, and trial advocacy at Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and has taught writing at Boston University School of Law.

Brian Kane received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Idaho and his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. He began his career with the Idaho Attorney General’s office in 2001. In 2005, Brian was promoted to assistant chief deputy attorney general. Brian serves as legal counsel to the secretary of state, the Legislature, and other elected officials; he acts as a liaison between the attorney general and local, state and federal governments. In those positions, Brian has authored legislation, constitutional amendments, and numerous legal articles. He serves as a faculty member for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). In 2013, Brian received the NAGTRI Faculty of the Year award and in 2017, he was awarded the Attorneys General Senior Staff Member award by NAAG. He is also the recipient of the Nelson Kempsky Award for Management and Leadership from the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG).

Todd E. Leatherman is a special attorney in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office where he has worked since 1996. Leatherman served as executive director of the Consumer Protection Office from 1996-2016 and continues to work in that division. He serves as Attorney General Andy Beshear’s representative on a number of multistate executive committees involving for-profit schools. Leatherman served on the Executive Committee of the EDMC multistate. He represented Kentucky in the Daymar College case which secured more than $12.4 million in financial redress for Kentucky consumers and the appointment of a compliance monitor for a period of two years. He also represents the Commonwealth in other ongoing lawsuits and investigations involving for-profit schools regarding advertising and other issues. Leatherman earned his B.A in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985 and received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1988.

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, with the fourth edition expected in summer 2018. Emily is also the author of chapters on state antitrust enforcement in American Bar Association and state bar publications. As antitrust counsel, she assists states in their multistate activities and maintains the NAAG Multistate Litigation Database, a comprehensive database of state antitrust cases since 1990.

Mark M. Neil has been a NAGTRI program counsel since July 2013. Prior to coming to NAAG, Mr. Neil served six years as a senior attorney with the National Traffic Law Center of the National District Attorneys Association, where he conducted or participated in training conferences and seminars around the country, provided technical assistance to prosecutors, law enforcement officers and other allied criminal justice professionals, and represented prosecutors at national meetings. Previously, he was the Traffic Safety Resource prosecutor for the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the West Virginia University College of Law, he was a practicing attorney in West Virginia for over 24 years, 17 of which as an assistant prosecutor handling felony and misdemeanor matters of all kinds. Mark has been an instructor at the West Virginia State Police Academy and was formerly an adjunct professor at Mountain State University in West Virginia, a position he held for 13 years, teaching in the areas of criminal law and procedure.

Mariya Treisman is a special assistant attorney general in the General Counsel's Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Before joining the Attorney General's Office, Ms. Treisman worked as vice president, associate general counsel, and group chief compliance officer for News Corp. She previously served as general counsel to the chief advisor for policy and strategic planning for the New York City Mayor’s Office, assistant counsel to the New York governor, and assistant solicitor general in the New York Attorney General’s Office. Early in her career, Ms. Treisman was as an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Ms. Treisman holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. in Family Support Studies from Nova Southeastern University, and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

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